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Should I major in engineering physics in college?

  1. Jun 19, 2013 #1
    I am about to complete high school.I am interested in a profession which includes developing of new engineering technologies and devices,preferably in bio-engineering.I asked some people regarding the courses I must take in college.Instead of courses that interest me like Biotechnology and engineering,people told me to take computer science and later pursue a masters in any desired stream.I was told that the courses I was thinking about will expose me to a lot of different topics without actually specializing in any one.This sounded reasonable,but computer science bores the hell out of me.I'd rather graduate in a subject that interests me and is related to the work I want to do later on in my life .I've been thinking about graduating with a combination of engineering physics and computer science.That way i will be studying what I like and have a job security(I guess) with computer science(Which I believe is also critically important for engineering jobs).An uncle of mine said that a bachelors degree is only to make me technical and any strong subject like mechanical or computers will benefit me more.he said that I can take up any desired subject in post graduate studies after graduating with these subjects.Also he said that engineering physics is very basic and not too useful for me.Now I am confused about what subjects I should take in college.
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  3. Jun 19, 2013 #2
    I am currently in my undergrad completing a physics major, my University didn't have a engineering physics program or else I would have taken that. But one thing you should know, regardless of your Engineering stream, you will learn to program. Even as a physics major I have learned how to program. Although you will learn the basic fundamentals of programming. As for which stream, it depends on your preferences. Mechanical Engineering would give you a more hands on experience in building things for sure. Engineering Physics would give you more of a theoretical background, which would probably be of more use for research, as physics is mostly theoretical and teaches you how to formulate research questions. Not to say other streams wouldn't do the same, but engineering physics more so. But if you are looking for more broad degree to get your feet wet, I would suggest Engineering Physics if you don't want to specialize as much. You could always do a minor in computer science so you can gain a bit more of a programming background without getting too bored :).
  4. Jun 19, 2013 #3


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    I don't know about where your at but engineering physics would be held to the prestige of like environmental engineering tech. instead of something like electrical, chemical, or mechanical engineering. there is a school close to me where you can get a bs in physics engineering but theyre not abet engineering certified. so I don't know how that degree holds by itself for employment.
  5. Jun 19, 2013 #4
    I think you need to check your school and make sure its accredited. Where I am, engineering physics is one of the most difficult programs (UBC&SFU) and they are also accredited. Both these programs have a lot of computer eng/sci courses. UBC allows you to specialize in mech, electrical, compE, applied physics, geology and much more. SFU specializes in electrical/electronics/computer. So it really depends on what school the program is offered so take a look at your school's curriculum and also see if its accredited.
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