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Programs What MS/PhD can you move to from BSPhys?

  1. Apr 12, 2007 #1
    With a Physics Degree (Bachelors) in general, what other areas of study would accept you into their program without going back and getting another degree?
    I believe Applied Mathematics would take you, most likely Mechanical Engineering.
    But what about Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry/ Chem Engineering, etc?
    I know even the ones that WOULD take you will most likely have you take extra courses to bring you up to speed, but they wouldnt require a full bachelors in the material.

    I know some of the time its based on which University it is, but I'm just wondering if anyone knows IN GENERAL, or has personal experience.

    I believe I would have been allowed to join a Geology degree once (though I passed) because my thesis would have been on physical simulations of environments.
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  3. Apr 12, 2007 #2
    I guess this depends on what types of courses you've taken. For example, most physics majors take a few advanced undergrad math courses, so most could probably go to grad school in math. But if you're one of those physics majors who didn't take any math after vector calculus and differential equations, then probably not. Believe it or not, I have a math degree, and I still wouldn't be able to get into any math PhD program, since I've never taken algebra, analysis, or topology (though I could get into an MS program with my level of coursework).

    I'm fairly certain that a you could likely get into an electrical engineering program, if you've had a decent amount of experimental experience that involved electronics. It's also not atypical for physics majors to go to medical school, provided that they've taken two semesters of organic chemistry, general biology, and biochemistry.

    Not so sure about chemistry though. I probably don't have enough knowledge of chemistry programs to talk about that.
  4. Apr 12, 2007 #3
    what about biophysics?
  5. Apr 14, 2007 #4
    I'm not at a grad level myself yet, but two areas suggest themselves to me based on what I've picked up.
    There's quite a few Masters' courses that are more or less self contained. At my uni (Durham) I'm thinking of the MBA (business administration) and one in compsci (not an area that's ever interested me that much so I'm sketchy on the details, but from the posters I've seen selling it I think it's in Networks and the Internet or some such).
    The second category of disciplines related to physics; the first two I can think of are applied mathematics (like the CASM at Cambridge) and the philosophy of science... but then I'm wierd :D
    I have a friend who did a physics PhD at Manchester in atomic physics (fine structure of energy levels in nitrogen) and said more or less identical work was going on over the road in the physical chemistry building, so I'd imagine you'd be ok there; organic chem I doubt would be open to you however, as from my limited knowledge of chem research it seems to involve a lot of synthesis you probably don't have the background for.
    Engineering would make intuitive sense... but I honestly have absolutely no idea about it as a discipline beyond that. The only note of caution I'd sound is that my engineer friends have a pretty diverse skill base beyond competence physics and maths which seems to involve a fair degree of computing- CAD and programming in C++ etc.
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