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Transfering into Physics Program : Approach to Electives

  1. Jan 3, 2013 #1
    Classes begin in 11 days.

    Currently, I am a college Junior, transferring into a Physics program with no true background other than Calculus 1 and 2 taught at a community college hastily in a period of eight weeks, through which I understood the material, but struggled through because it was rushed. I received an Associate’s Degree in Information Technology, with the subjects of the classes I took spread out into various areas

    I did per-advisement today and will, so far, be taking ordinary differential equations, principles of physics, physics lab, and stellar and galactic astronomy. Although, I hope to change the differential equation class to linear algebra, while I review integration in my free time so that I can comfortably enter a DQ class. I completed all electives at the community college, and the other classes I take, aside those purely for the Physics program (none of which are Atronomy). So the classes falling outside the requirements of the Physics degree do not count as electives, and not towards anything I still require, taken purely for their academic worth. I’m not sure if the community classes I have taken count as a proper ‘science’ background for an employer simply due to having been taught at a community college. The science classes I have taken, many of which count as elective, were: Biology 1 and 2, Chemistry 1 and 2, Microbiology and Sociology. Others were Sociology, and many history classes. I have withdrawn from three glasses, taken after my Associates –where I still had no plan- , but as it was a withdrawal due to medical reasons, they do not directly count against me.

    A slight problem is that I have also taken many classes purely out of interest without an actual plan. So any further class outside of the degree requirements will not even count as electives. The required classes I am currently taking up 7 credit hours. I require at least 15 credit hours for the state-wide program which pays 80% of the tuition, without which I cannot pay for the first semester. I’ve been enamored too long with the naïve, romantic ideal that if I will work hard, I will successfully receive a PhD in Astrophysics. I know that’s not true, and University begins in 11 days.

    What extra courses should I take while exploring possible future career options while pursuing a Physics degree so that I will be employable by the end should I fail to enter graduate school for astrophysics in either the U.S or Germany?
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2013
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