Hrm, I had an account on here that I used to post with a while back, but I don't remember the name or password. Oh well. Anyway, I'm in a bit of an awkward situation. As the title says I'm going to graduate in the fall semester with a degree in math (and a physics minor). My passion is physics, and ultimately I would like to go to graduate school for either physics or electrical engineering. But due to the underfunded and understaffed physics program here it was against my interests to complete a degree in physics here. They've been losing staff over the years and the university never rehires. The remaining professors have been working their arses off to hold the thing together with spit. Funny thing, actually; the university has been channeling most of their funds in building up the "technology" program. Bah. Good luck having a good IT program without half-decent engineering options. I think I'm ranting again. Well, the math degree should be good. But considering the math program here isn't geared towards teaching future physicists and engineers (it's mostly for CS, business, and education majors), I'm probably missing a lot. I wouldn't know where to begin if I was given a PDE to solve, beyond what I've seen in solving these time-independent Schrodinger equations for various potentials, and I barely know what a Fourier transform or tensor is, and so on. Additionally, I have zero research experience whatsoever. The bottom line is, I think it's safe to say I'm not prepared to go to grad school for physics. If I really want to do physics or engineering, the obvious step would be to transfer to another university (after I finish the math degree; not stopping now with one semester to go) and continue undergraduate studies. Great, but it will have already taken me four and a half years to finish this math degree. Not that I have any regrets; I've been able to go to this school without accumulating any debt, and with a 3.5ish GPA, I probably couldn't have hoped for better considering my piss poor high school performance, and I could probably get into the school I'm really looking at (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; nice school, fairly competitive, huge physics program, and fairly close to home). At least I think I could probably get in. Do correct me if I'm wrong in that assumption. But is this a good idea? Continue undergraduate studies for even longer, and then graduate school for god knows how long? It seems incredibly unorthodox; in reading forums like this, talking to friends, etc, it seems everyone is in such a hurry to finish their undergrad work. How long would it take me to finish a physics degree, considering I will have a physics minor, a math degree, and all my liberal education complete? Consider the fact that my university isn't particularly competitive, and the math and physics courses might be dumbed down a little bit (I don't even think you need to have passed high school to get into this college), so it might be possible that I would need to retake some. Though I might be wrong here, as I've not personally seen the challenge level of physics courses at more competitive universities. Also, my ACT score was only 24. In transferring to another university after four years, would that matter very much? I'd really like to go to grad school for physics (or engineering), perhaps even get a doctorate, but I figure that if I can't get into a very competitive graduate school, I'm not even going to bother. Edit: Oh, and one more thing. How does transferring to other universities in the middle of the school year work (that is, going to one uni in the fall, and then transferring to another in the spring)? Do they usually allow that sort of thing?