To make a long story short I always wanted to study physics, but was convinced to study biology by my parents so I could eventually pursue medicine as career. I am about to finish my biology degree next year. I would have taken Cal 1-3 and Cal based physics by the time I am done. I am trying to figure out my next step. I talked to a physics advisor here at the University of Texas at Brownsville, and basicaly found out that I could get into their masters program instead of pursuing a bachelors of science, since the classes for the masters and bachelors are the same. Before I talked to this advisor I was thinking about applying to UT Austin in hopes of geting into the physics bachelors program. I was thinking that if I get a degree from this school and a good gpa I would have a shot at the really competive graduate schools. So what would you guys do to have a chance of admission at the competive graduate schools? Stay at a low tier school and get a masters and then transfer, or get a bachelors from a high tier university? P.S I would also like to add that time is not really an issue to me, I just want to get the best education possible.