physics and engineering degrees

<p>how closely related are these two degrees in terms of actual classes? if i were to get a degree in physics, how close would i be to a degree in engineering? is there anyone who has done this that could provide any information regarding you're experience in doing this?</p>

<p>The only class that is required in physics and engineering in general is 18.03, as far as I can tell. So, not much overlap.</p>

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<p>My husband was an aerospace engineering major who thought about minoring in physics, but ended up dropping the idea because it would involve taking more extra classes than he was able to fit into his schedule.</p>

<p>There's not a great degree of overlap, and many of the engineering majors at MIT are set up to require a fairly structured load of courses (unlike several of the science majors, which are more free-form). </p>

<p>Still, it's certainly possible to double in physics and an engineering department -- it just requires some planning and forethought, plus a lot of hard work.</p>

<p>The closest overlap with physics is electrical engineering (course 6) with a concentration in electromagnetism. 8.03 (waves), 18.03 (diff. eqn.), 8.07 (advanced electromagnetism) can all count toward EE. Also, you probably most UROPs in physics could count toward your thesis. That still leaves a lot of coursework, though, since course 6 has a lot of requirements.</p>

<p>There are two pathways in the physics major: focused, for students planning to pursue a graduate degree in physics, and flexible, for students who may go on to other fields besides physics. If you come in with some advanced standing credits, or if you're willing and able to take more than 4 courses per semester, it's possible to combine the flexible physics major with EECS.</p>