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Switching to Physics from Computer Science, after sophomore year

  1. May 28, 2014 #1
    I'm currently a sophomore (finishing up my second year) and want to get some of your guys's opinions on this matter. I'm on track to finish a degree in CS while finishing premed requirements, and then head off to med school after graduating. The thing is, I don't like CS. I'm close to finishing (I can finish the major in one more year with a normal courseload) but I think it's just dumb and I don't like identifying with the people. I also don't like sitting in front of the computer, which tends to happen to CS majors. I also don't think CS is the closest thing to medicine. I guess CS is just the "default" major that people jump to at my school, since it makes you seem "smart" and my school's CS department has a nice reputation.

    So, I'm considering switching my major to physics. I think it will be more relevant to medicine, and I won't have to sit in front of the computer all day. However, the workload will be pretty heavy the next two years and I'm not sure I'll get the most out of the physics major by switching at this point, for I haven't taken any upper divisions.

    Should I just suck it up and finish my CS major or switch to physics? Are there any physics majors out there who could comment on how useful it the major is, perhaps to medicine?

    I could also switch to math, which would be easy (I'm a math person) but questionable in terms of usefulness after graduation.

    tl;dr I'm halfway to a CS degree, but I think it's dumb, and I want to switch to physics, but it'll be hard, or math, which would be easier but of questionable usefulness. I'm going to med school after. What should I do?
     
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  3. May 28, 2014 #2
    I think that doing Physics for considerations of going into the medical field will not help you very much, the two subjects (at least in my country) are very distant from each other, and are barely ever related. In that sense, you may as well stay in CS, at least CS is more easy to relate to other subjects, including medicine. Math is also always a good option, it's valuable, just purely because it's the most difficult thing you can do.
     
  4. May 28, 2014 #3
    My peers from undergraduate who actually got careers in their field of study did medical physics. They didn't do regular "med school" though, they specifically did medical physics programs.
     
  5. May 31, 2014 #4
    Why not do something like biomedical engineering, biophysics, computational biology or bioinformatics?
     
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  6. May 31, 2014 #5
    I think you're not aware of the fact that doctors rely heavily on computer scientists, not to mention biology, algorithms in genes and much more. Bioinformatics, if that's a subject incorporating software and hardware (devices) for doctors, hospitals, etc., then I think you should consider it. Since you seem to hate CS and sitting in front of the computer, I wouldn't suggest continuing your degree. But physics is not very near either.
     
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