Originally Posted by DeeNos
I am planning on attending university next year, and am definetly inclined to physics. I am aware of the marketability of having an engineering degree, so i was thinking of coming to mac to do eng phys. so i have a few questions:
1. should I be thinking about my interests or how i am going to make a living? i am interested in modern theoretical/particle/experimental physics but feel like i will be missing out on learning some of the things i am most interested in when taking my BEng. am i settling?
2. I have never been great with CAD, and i took woodworking a couple of times but didnt think it was anything crazy. from this i can deduce that traditional engineering would not be for me, but how much does design apply to something tied closely to physics like eng phys?
thanks for your time
Well, I'm a first year at the moment, but I live off campus and one of the guys in my house is in second year Engineering Physics. From what I understand, they have the hardest math courses in the whole university.
If you like neutrons, bosons electrons and all that crap, then you should probably look into the nuclear engineering physics, which is one of the strands you can specialize into I think. You get to learn how to build cool things like nuclear reactors and large hadron colliders. If you're freaking out about possibly not having high enough marks to get in, don't worry, it's not usually on the top of people's lists from what I hear. Engineering physics has either the smartest people out of all of engineering, or unfortunate ones whose marks weren't high enough to get into any other engineering strands.
In first year you have to take a course in technical drawing and 3D modeling. I have it right now, and it's a bit of a pain in the ass because you aren't allowed to use tools such as rulers. It's all by hand. The 3D modeling stuff is pretty easy though - but then again, that's just me. I like computer stuff better :p. You only have to continue taking courses like this if you go into mechanical engineering or mechantronics I think. It may tie into a few others partially as well. I highly doubt you'll need it for Eng Phys.
The best part is, if it turns out that you do not like engineering physics, and would rather do something else such as normal theoretical physics, it's really easy to switch into the science faculty. Engineers get a lot of options since we have to take a lot of random courses from the science faculties.
I wish I shared an interest in physics like you. It would really motivate me to start studying for my physics test next Friday.
Whatever you choose, good luck!