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Thing Nearest to Physics in Engineering

  1. Jan 4, 2015 #1
    Made a account especially for this purpose. You see, I'm an Indian and the way the parent's mind work here is well Engineering = everything. If you get, a B.SC Degree you will remain a teacher or professor and would never be able to succeed. So. I'm having this issue, which degree I should choose which is very close to Physics. I'll later ofcourse am planing to have a Masters in Physics but for now help me pleazzzzz.p
     
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  3. Jan 4, 2015 #2
    Here's the best list I've found as of yet:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engineering_physics

    Generally, if you're not interested in staying in academia, but you do like physics, you can go for an applied physics degree.

    I've also found that certain engineering courses incorporate a decent amount of physics into their curriculum, though it is usually not comprehensive. You might consider going for applied physics and taking as many physics + engineering courses as possible. At most universities, you have some flexibility to choose an educational plan for yourself while retaining the title of whatever degree you want, so long as you complete the core classes of your major. Keep in mind that many engineering classes have prerequisites, so you might have to take those as well.

    More important than your degree is your experience. Try to get involved in a professor's research or get an applicable internship each and every year during your degree.
     
  4. Jan 4, 2015 #3
    All engineering fields will involve physics to some extent. In these fields, physics is a means to an end, not an end in itself, though. If you like thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, then mechanical engineering and chemical engineering are good choices. If you like electromagnetism, then electrical engineering is a good choice.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2015 #4

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    Electrical engineering usually has the most physics and higher-level math then other the engineering fields.
     
  6. Jan 6, 2015 #5
    Once you leave uni and hit the real work. Chemical Engineering is the most wanted and highest paid of all the disciplines and has a degree of physics, but prob Mechanical Engineering has the most in it day-to-day but only to a Newtonian level, such as Finite Element Analysis of CFD.
     
  7. Jan 8, 2015 #6
    Engineering physics is the obvious choice if it's an option at your school. If not, electrical is probably closest and mechanical is next. Understand, though, that either one of those degrees can go in a lot of different directions. So while most of your peers might steer away from math/physics as much as possible, that doesn't mean you can't steer your degree towards the applied physics side of things. As you progress in your engineering degree, you'll see where physics shows up and where it doesn't, and you can start to specialize in the areas that interest you.

    If you don't mind taking an extra semester or two to finish your degree, you could consider doing engineering with a minor in physics. Since you're interested in it, extra physics/math courses will augment your engineering degree nicely.
     
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