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Pursuing a degree as an astrophysicist

  1. Aug 26, 2013 #1
    Okay so I'm looking into pursuing a degree as an astrophysicist, however I'm not sure if it is best suited to work in the field in which I would like to pursue I don't want to get stuck just studying stars and junk that will happen after I'm done I need assistance figuring out which degrees to pursue before I start registering for bs classes so that I can work in researching gravity and how gravity works/dark matter ect. ect. if anyone could help me that would be great.
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  3. Aug 27, 2013 #2
    First of all, you're obviously not a university student, and state you want to become an astrophysicist. Then state that you don't want to be studying "stars and junk" - So what I can conclude from this is that you're naive about the area that you want to pursue.
  4. Aug 27, 2013 #3
    my friend that's not astrophysics , thats high energy physics or particle physics , or for the most part theoritical physics , not astro at all , most astros spend their whole lives studying that ,, junk :D
    read more about particles and theoritical physicists like michio kaku
  5. Aug 27, 2013 #4


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    As far as undergraduate studies go, you can't pick and choose sub-fields like that. Any school that claims otherwise is worth avoiding.

    You become a scientist first, then a physicist, then you specialize in a particular branch of physics and eventually you get to the point where you can work on very specific problems to the point where you can conduct novel research.
  6. Aug 27, 2013 #5
    You're right I am not a university student because I haven't been accepted into nor applied for university yet and no I don't know diddly squat about astrophysics and just because I'm lazy doesn't mean you should go around trying to belittle my level of involvement in any general field of studies. Wouldn't you agree? So from this I can only conclude that your previous post was a complete waste of your time and I hope I don't see so called "answers" from you on my future posts. How ever thank you for taking the time you wasted replying it was indefinitely appreciated.
  7. Aug 27, 2013 #6
    You clearly showed ignorance about the field you wish to get into. People will belittle things that you do, especially if it sounds like you do not know what you are talking about - people in science are critical. You may want to look at this: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=240792
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