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What would be a good degree to accompany a Physics Major?

  1. Apr 6, 2015 #1
    I am majoring in physics but have finished all my requirements outside of the physics field. So I am stuff taking only physics and math and want to become full time.

    Does anyone have suggestions on what would be a good second major/minor to accompany physics?

    I am thinking chemistry because I am aware that a math minor is only a few classes on top of my physics pathway.
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  3. Apr 6, 2015 #2
    People have been successful with just about every combination out there. You will be most successful in a subject you enjoy. If that is chemistry then god speed! Also remember some of the most successful people have a background in humanities. Don't forget them.
  4. Apr 6, 2015 #3
    First of all, a second major/minor might not be as beneficial as you think. Think about it well. What do you want to reach in the end? Grad school? Then maybe instead of focusing on a major/minor, you might be thinking about what could be more beneficial for grad school. That might be courses in mathematics or physics (or something else). Focus on the courses that will benefit you or that you enjoy instead of the title you'll get.
  5. Apr 8, 2015 #4
    I'd recommend taking a few intro programming classes. If there's an option for a minor in Computer Science, its something to look into. Be careful though. Usually these classes take a good chunk of time because of projects. If you're looking for something to accompany a physics degree, computer science/programming classes are hard to beat.

    Edit: This is coming from a soon to be graduate student in physics who wishes he took more programming classes.
  6. Apr 8, 2015 #5
    I second Computer Science. I know one person on here went on to graduate school in CS as a backup plan with a minor in CS and a few others who've graduated with a BS in physics and moved on to developing software with the minor. It's a strong backup plan, and even if you decide to stay in physics the knowledge of CS will come in handy.
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