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Will grad schools take me seriously coming from a small school?

  1. May 5, 2013 #1
    Hi folks. I am currently pursuing my B.S. in Physics at Indiana University South Bend. The physics department is pretty small but the quality of the program is, in my opinion, pretty good. Will the fact that I'm attending a small, relatively unknown school for physics negatively impact grad school possibilities? I know that one recent grad was accepted to U.C. Berkley and another was accepted to Imperial College London, both of which are great schools, but are they the exception? I would hope that my academic record, regardless of where I attended for my undergrad, would be sufficient, but I can't help but worry a bit. Thanks!
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  3. May 5, 2013 #2


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    I came from an extremely small school. I was rejected by nearly all of the top top top top schools, but I did get accepted into the best state school in my state. So, I don't think going to a small school hurts, as long as you get solid recommendation, met the required minimum (which sometimes is a problem for small schools), and have relevant experience.
  4. May 5, 2013 #3
    Cool. I'm fairly confident I'd be able to get into Indiana University (which has a great astronomy program) if all else fails, but I'd really rather not have the same school listed twice. I'd love to be able to get into Notre Dame. They have a great physics program and the campus is about 10 miles from my house ;)
  5. May 5, 2013 #4
    Here are the course requirements for the program I'm attending:

    Concentration Requirements, Professional Track (35 cr.)
    (All courses are 3 cr. hours unless otherwise designated.)

    PHYS P221 -- Physics 1 (5 cr.)
    PHYS P222 -- Physics 2 (5 cr.)
    PHYS P323 -- Physics 3
    PHYS P324 -- Physics 4
    PHYS P309 -- Modern Physics Laboratory
    PHYS P331 -- Theory of Electricity and Magnetism
    PHYS P340 -- Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
    PHYS P441 -- Analytical Mechanics
    PHYS P453 -- Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
    PHYS S406 -- Research (1-3 cr.)
    Select from the following: (1-3 cr.)
    PHYS P303 -- Digital Electronics (4 cr.)
    PHYS P321 -- Techniques of Theoretical Physics
    PHYS P334 -- Fundamentals of Optics
    PHYS P410 -- Computer Applications in Physics
    PHYS P473 -- Introduction to String Theory
    PHYS S405 -- Readings in Physics
    PHYS S406 -- Research
    AST A453 -- Topical Astrophysics
    GEOL G413 -- Introduction to Geophysics

    Additional Requirements, Professional Track

    MATH M215 -- Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5 cr.)
    MATH M216 -- Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (5 cr.)
    MATH M301 -- Linear Algebra and Applications
    MATH M311 -- Calculus III (5 cr.)
    MATH M343 -- Intro to Differential Equations with Applications I
    One of the following:
    MATH M344 Intro to Differential Equations with Applications II
    MATH M447 Mathematical Models and Applications
    MATH M471 Numerical Analysis I

    Recommended Courses, Professional Track

    CHEM C105 -- Principles of Chemistry I
    CHEM C125 -- Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr.)
    CHEM C106 -- Principles of Chemistry II
    CHEM C126 -- Experimental Chemistry II (2 cr.)
    CSCI C101 -- Computer Programming I (4 cr.)
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