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What else should I do with physics during my UG?

  1. Feb 10, 2013 #1
    I really love physics and at the moment can't imagine not getting a PhD in it. Its my first year of UG but I came in with 38 AP credits. With this I could comfortably graduate in three years total (im only taking 13 credits this semester). However the benefits of that extra year of research and graduate courses would really make me a top candidate for graduate schools. I am already doing particle research with a fantastic professor who is really excited to continue working together/mentoring me. I guess my problem is that I WANT to be a professor but am obviously worried about how the odds are stacked against me. Thus, I feel like I should minor/major in something else in this fourth year (though id have to start taking courses much sooner). Im one course away from minoring in math so that is a give in, but my other options are major in CS or math or minor in CS. I just dont think I want to spend time away from physics to work in these other areas (though I am good at CS). But then Im worried ill be kicking myself when my "dream" job goes unrealized and I dont have too much else to offer to industry or other positions. Any advice would be REALLY appreciated. Thank you guys, i know its a long post.
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  3. Feb 10, 2013 #2
    Why do you feel you need to minor in something? Just take grad physics courses if that's what you want to do.
  4. Feb 10, 2013 #3
    Because I would "like" to have other marketable skills. Though a minor in cs may mean very little when applying for a job. Hence trying to get more info on the matter! :)
  5. Feb 10, 2013 #4
    A minor would look good but you could also get involved in, say, a computational physics group and then you could say "I know how program in x,y,z and this and this." You can get more valuable job skills in a lab I would imagine.
  6. Feb 10, 2013 #5
    Hey thanks! Still open to other ideas, but I like that one!
  7. Feb 11, 2013 #6
    Take a language.
  8. Feb 11, 2013 #7
    Thought about doing that, but im not sure im passionate enough about it.
  9. Feb 14, 2013 #8
    I'm in the same boat as you, mc0210. With my transfer credits from high school, I could get my degree in three years. Tuition is covered by my scholarship, though, so I didn't really want to waste that last year. I've decided to double major in computer science and it's been a good decision so far! Well, I suppose I can't really determine that yet; I've only been here for one semester hahah I've definitely enjoyed it. Since I don't exactly know what schools look for in potential graduate students, I would suggest you just study math or cs further if you truly enjoy those subjects. As far as I know, the extra knowledge can only help!
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