I am looking to clarify a few things about my chosen major. There are few public schools in California that offer Geophysics for undergrad and from what I gather they are UC schools with maybe USC as the exception. That being said my options were fairly limited when I applied to universities in the fall as a community college transfer student. I ended up applying to UC Davis, Santa Barbara, Riverside, San Diego, and UCLA. I noticed that out of these, only UCLA and Riverside use "Geophysics" as the official degree name. The rest have "Earth Science" or "Geology with an Emphasis on Geophysics" tacked on. UC Davis seems to only have a Geophysics minor in Earth Sciences department or the option to go for an Applied Physics degree with an emphasis on Geophysics. I guess my main concern is with UC Davis since I live in the Sacramento area and would prefer to stay here to finish my degree. Does anyone have any knowledge about what the differences in these titles imply? Is an Applied Physics degree essentially the same thing? I'm just confused because it is offered by the Physics department instead of the Geology department.
Also, as of now I've only received an acceptance letter from UC Riverside but in the event that I do get into all of the schools listed above, which would you recommend the most?
Lastly, I've read that it is a good idea to have some programming skills for this degree. However, I was wondering if it would be a good idea to minor in computer science or get some type of certificate of completion for a couple of programming languages. Would that give me some kind of "edge"?
Thanks in advance!