Which is the main difference between Space physics and astrophysics?

In summary, getting a degree in physics will give you the necessary background for most jobs in the field.
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I'm on my senior year still trying to define what career am I going to choose. So I was filling up my applications but some schools don't offer astrophysics(which is the one i wanted to choose), but instead they offered space physics, so i want to know which is the difference between this two,

Thanks in advance,
Alex.
 
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It really depends on the school. What do you plan to do with that degree? Most jobs in the field require a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or physics, and if that's what you want to earn eventually, you'll need to major in physics.
 
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Are we talking about graduate school or are you in high school? If it's the latter, then as eri said, a degree in physics will give you the necessary background.

If it's graduate school we're talking about, I've seen the "space physics" label thrown around quite a bit on a few department sites like UNH and it seems to refer to plasma/magnetospheric, particle astrophysics, and solar/heliospheric physics.
 
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Yes, I'm a high school senior. In long vision I plan to work for a phd in astrophysics, but right now, should I study apply to a university with B.S. in Physics, physics with focus on astrophysics or astronomy?

Physics with Specialization in Astrophysics (B.S.) in UCSD
Physics at UC Berkeley
Astronomy at UC Berkeley
Any other recommendations, preferrable in California but will check on any. I Dream of getting into Califonia Institute of Technology, but they're very selective and I want to keep my feet on the ground ( nonetheless i'll submit an application :) )
 
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I recommend getting your degree in physics. 'Regular' physics. Your focus or minor won't matter that much. All that amounts to is a few extra classes. If you want to do astro, do astro research as an undergrad. That is going to help you more than any focus or minor, IMO.
 
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I second the recommendation for getting your B.S. in "regular" physics. Typically, there's no need to specialize until you get to grad. school. Also, you should try not to pigeon hole yourself until you've at least had a sampling of all of the various flavors of physics so that you have a better idea of what you might like to specialize in.
 
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I echo the last two posts. I went into "regular physics" because I really want to do a phd in astrophysics/astronomy/related subjects and I have no regrets or feelings that I should be doing a more specialized undergraduate degree... and I've only just had my first dedicated astrophysics course in my 3rd year.
 
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Thanks for your replies it is really helpful to find people who shares their experimces.
Thanks a lot
Alex
 

1. What is the main focus of space physics?

The main focus of space physics is the study of the physical processes and phenomena that occur in outer space, including the behavior of matter and energy in the space environment.

2. What is the main focus of astrophysics?

The main focus of astrophysics is the study of the physical properties and behavior of celestial objects such as stars, planets, galaxies, and the universe as a whole.

3. How do space physics and astrophysics differ in terms of scale?

Space physics typically focuses on smaller scales, such as the interactions between particles in the space environment, while astrophysics deals with much larger scales, such as the structure and evolution of galaxies.

4. What tools and techniques are commonly used in space physics and astrophysics?

Both fields use a variety of tools and techniques, including telescopes, satellites, spacecraft, and computer simulations, to gather data and study the physical processes and phenomena of interest.

5. How do space physics and astrophysics overlap?

There is significant overlap between these two fields, as both study the physical properties and behavior of objects in space. For example, astrophysicists may use space physics principles to understand the behavior of particles in the atmosphere of a planet, while space physicists may use astrophysical models to study the formation of galaxies.

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