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Transfer Student Guidance

  1. Sep 7, 2006 #1
    In looking at the colleges in the Oregon area, I'm finding that there are not many that have an accredited Physics degree program. I am on track with completing my associates degree in the Oregon Arts Transfer Degree, and I'm wondering about which college in the United States offers a Bachelors Degree that is competitive (i.e. an MIT degree compared to a Portland State University Degree). I have personally visited Reed College in Portland, but in looking at its program, it looks like there won't be much of a transfer of credit in order to finish the degree within one or two years time.
    In another aspect that I have found, it looks like some California colleges (like University of San Diego) only require one year of study past the General Education requirement in order to obtain the Bachelors of Science in Physics.
    Is there a particular college that stands out above the rest on the West Coast as a college that teaches a better Physics program than most? I'm looking to earn my PhD in Physics (in a subfield that I have yet to decide), so I would prefer a college that also has a great Graduate program. For admissions work, is it best that I'm applying as early as I am (Sophomore year) as a transfer student, or am I better off applying a little later?
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2006
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  3. Sep 7, 2006 #2


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    For some discussion of schools in California, check out the following thread, which is just two positions below yours right now, as I'm posting this:


    I think most physics students do not get their PhD at the same school where they were undergraduates. Your choice of graduate school should be based (among other factors) on what fields you are interested in, and many students don't start to think seriously about this until near the end of their undergraduate program, after they've been exposed to a reasonable range of physics.
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