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Should I double major in EE and Physics? Need advices

  1. Feb 3, 2005 #1
    Should I double major in EE and Physics??? Need advices

    Even though I'm currently majoring in EE, I also have great interest in physics. I'm now considering about doubling EE and Physics. I've just discuss about double majoring with my department advisor, she told me that doubling will require me to fullfill the GE requirements for both colleges (engineering and letter & science), which is like 4 more GE classes. Also, since I've been taking physics-major's physics courses; so, I don't need to retake undergrad phys courses if I've decided to double.

    For the physics part, I'm thinking about studying solid-state physics. And for the EE part, I'm thinking about fields related to semiconductor.

    My primary inquiry is if those two fields (solid-state phys and semiconductor) are related (in terms of career path) ???

    Also, please tell me if you guys think doubling EE and Physics is a good idea or not?

    Your advices are all welcome.
    Thank you all for your time.
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  3. Feb 4, 2005 #2
    As a physics person, I see semiconductors as a chapter in solid state physics books. And that is precisely what they are, a class of solids. They are single-out in EE courses because they have been a recent booming industry.

    Since you are obviously interested in this field, if I were you, I'd get my undergrad out of the way as soon as possible and do graduate studies in the field, where your curriculum is more specific to your personnal interests.
  4. Feb 4, 2005 #3
    Undergraduate school covers a lot of material in a shallow manner on purpose. If you double majored you would spend a lot of extra time and energy on material you are not so interested in with questionable gain. So I agree with Gonzolo, work on getting into graduate school. Then choose one with a good research program in the subject you are most interested in.
  5. Feb 21, 2005 #4
    Electrical engineering and Physics is a brilliant combination. If I were you, I would go for it.
  6. Feb 21, 2005 #5


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    Before I retired, I would have felt more inclined to hire a dual major, but I would have also wondered why. In the interview it would have been necessary to "feel" out the person to see if engineering was his dominant interest. IMHO there is a different mind-set that distinguishes the physicist from the engineer. I would imagine you would want to seek employment in a research environment, rather than churning out circuit board designs.
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