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Question about my options!

  1. Sep 10, 2013 #1
    Hey all,

    First off, I appreciate you taking the time to read this and help me out, so thank you in advance.

    After high school I did 1 year of college at a highly regarded business school in my area. I started with International Business and switched to Information Technology. Being confused on what I wanted to do with the rest of my life at 18 years old, I left school to enlist in the U.S. Army. That was 3 years ago, and now presently I am looking at going back to school as a more focused and motivated individual.

    (P.S. I am a Cavalry Scout in the Army, which is pretty much Reconnaissance of the enemy etc...so not really much marketable skills there, except the generic values the Military has instilled in me)

    I've always been fascinated with physics, I loved it in high school. I took Physics 1 & Honors Physics 2 and got an A in both. However, my math is a little weak (which is weird seeing as how I understand the math of physics but normal mathematics can jam me up sometimes). But, on to my real question:

    I am currently at a crossroads. I cannot decide if I should:
    A) Double major with a BS in Electrical Engineering & a BA in Physics
    B) Major in Computer Science w/ a minor in Physics? Digital Security? Cybersecurity?
    C) Major in Cybersecurity (More specific to the IT Security industry than just a CS degree)

    A & B are both through the same state school, however, C is through a technical university that is pretty established where I am from.

    Whatever path I choose, be it EE and Physics, I plan on obtaining a plethora of IT certifications in order to better market my skills, but I just don't know which one will be best for me (or just a better decision in general). I do not plan to attend grad school for physics, I just really enjoy the material and feel it will better my all around interests and education.

    Note: 4 years will be completely free due to my Military service. Option A is 4.5 years so the only student loans I will have is from my 1 year of college prior to the Army and a half semester.

    So PF how can I make the best of a free 4 years of education?

    Thank you,
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  3. Sep 10, 2013 #2
    Although I am an avid liker of Physics myself, with what you want, I think you'd appreciate option B) more, along with getting a bunch of other IT certifications, maybe. If you want to expand your physics learning after or during the minor, there're a lot of free online resources. I'd also suggest looking into Cybersecurity while or after your education; your past experience in the military, with what you've done (I don't know the specifics) may be somewhat similar, at least in intent.
    If you PM me, I have a really good PDF relating to Cybersecurity. :) It's a relatively long read and for learning purposes.
  4. Sep 11, 2013 #3
    Does your school have a combined Electrical engineering and computer science program? If so, then I suggest double major in both EECS and Physics. Why BA instead of a BsC in physics?
  5. Sep 11, 2013 #4
    That's the route I was thinking, they have a Computer Science degree with a minor in cybersecurity, as well as a research department dedicated to cybersecurity that I would like to try and get into. I know people say follow what you love and it will lead you in the right direction, but with a family salary is a huge factor. I can always take night school physics classes or just take a minor to satisfy my curiousity. Also, my job in the Military has nothing to do with computers lol...
  6. Sep 11, 2013 #5
    No there is no combination of EE and CS, however, I'm sure I could do it anyway.

    The 4.5 year program I was looking at for EE and physics is a Bsc in EE and a BA in Physics, other than that not much more I can answer about why a BA. Just the way the school has it.
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