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How good is physics program at amherest.

khitteekhittee Posts: 242Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2011 in Amherst College
I was wondering how strong the physics and mathematics programs are at Amherest.

I think amherest has a good creative writing department right?

And what about econimics program?

It might sound idiotic. but . how are they?

Thank you.
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Replies to: How good is physics program at amherest.

  • bn12ggbn12gg Posts: 519Registered User Member
  • xraymancsxraymancs Posts: 3,849College Rep Senior Member
    Amherst is a liberal arts college and as such does not have a graduate program in physics. However, the physics program it offers is comparable to most other schools. If you are interested in pursuing a graduate program in physics, you can certainly get a good preparation at Amherst as long as you make sure to take as many extra physics courses as possible beyond the minimum required. Specifically, you should try to take a full year of Quantum Mechanics if possible. In addition, take a lot of extra mathematics.

    At my university, Illinois Institute of Technology, we often get graduate students from liberal arts colleges. Those who have had a full year of Quantum Mechanics are able to start with our graduate Quantum sequence right away.

    The quality of education that you get in physics is largely dependent on YOU. If you put the effort in, you will be fine no matter where you get your Bachelor's.
  • shragesshrages Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    I'm an alum, and the physics majors I knew were very happy with their professors and the curriculum. It was rigorous but not what I'd call brutal. A lot of good teachers.

    On an interesting note, Bill Amend, the author of the Fox Trot cartoons, was a physics major at Amherst. I guess he got a good, broad liberal arts education, didn't he?

    Amherst has great teaching in every department.
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