physics degree?

Malaysia
January 31, 2007 12:37pm CST
my parents want me to study engineering but I like to study pure physics? is this a good idea? and what are the good universities for it?
5 responses
@Sandy100 (141)
5 Feb 07
I've recently been awarded a Phd in physics, so appologises if this is slightly biased. I would sugest you took physics, firstly your interested and like this subject, which means you'l probably work harder at it and acheive more. Secondly there are a lot of similarites between engineering and physics so this is not a permenant decision and it should be possible to study the more engineering aspects of a physics course if this is the route you chosse to follow.
• Malaysia
7 Feb 07
well,I am interested in the science,but my father says that physics degree is all theory and I am a practical person.Physics is application as well rite? my parents dont get it,cause there is this factory that all my relatives and my parents want me to run, and thats why they want me to study engineering,I want to do hardcore science,so its very difficult to explain it to my parents,so physics is also useful for factory,rite?can I transfer to year 2 or 3 of engineering after I have got my bachelor in physics?
@Sandy100 (141)
7 Feb 07
Physics is very much based on application, during my degree I undertook courses on electronics, experimental apparatus and even abstract theory had an application view point. My PhD was concerned with optimising laser diodes, these are used in CD player, DVD players, medical applications as well as sources for fibre optic comunication (i.e. the internet). so there are plenty oo pratical applications.
• Malaysia
7 Feb 07
hey,thanks alot,this info will really help me in arguments with my parents,I think I am going to print this,thanks again.
• Malaysia
31 Jan 07
Your problem is similar to my problem.I am very interested in physics,but I study engineering and now I am waiting for my academy distruction. You should choose physics since you like it.About good university,it does not play a main role.Just study and master physics.If you become a genius physicist,you will make your so called "bad" university proud and other good universities jealous.
• Malaysia
1 Feb 07
thanks a lot man,why dont you start physics degree, how far are you in your engineering?
• Malaysia
1 Feb 07
I am planning to stop study engineering,and still waiting for opportunity to come.I have studied engineering for two semesters and I achieved very pathetic results.Maybe in the middle of this year,I will succeed to do what I want.
@apostrofy (661)
• Romania
31 Jan 07
my best friend is doing master studies in physics at the moment. she wanted to study computer engineering but everyone around told her it;s better she decided to go for physics. in the beggining she regretted not doing what she wanted in the first place, but finally she was really pleased she had chosen physics.
• Malaysia
1 Feb 07
hey thanks a lot.
• United States
8 Feb 07
you should definitely go for a physics degree. Yes engineering is more applied but physics is the root of engineering. If you are good you succeed in any field you pursue but for that you have to choose what you like or the chances and extent of your success decreases. Studying physics as well you can take other computer courses and applied math courses that makes a physics degree no lesser than a physics+math+engineering degree. Good LUCK!
@danimarco (216)
• Romania
1 Feb 07
I'm a PhD student in physics and I think its a good idea to study physics if you love it. I'm study at Babes Bolyai University, Faculty of Physics, Cluj Napoca, Romania wich is a very good university, but I think is to far for you. www.phys.ubbcluj.ro