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    Hi,



    I'd like to pursue an undergraduate degree in either physics
    or chemistry, starting this fall in Europe (where students must choose
    what to study before commencing studies).


    Both are physical sciences that study matter, albeit from different perspectives.


    How could I decide which one to study?


    Thanks!


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    Whatever your priorities are.
    Maybe it's what you enjoy the most. Maybe it's what you think you can apply to the betterment of humanity. Maybe it's what will make you buku dollah bills, yo.

    Whatever floats your boat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I had the same decision to make back in the day. I was advised to study chemistry as my teachers thought my maths was not good enough to excel at physics (bastards). I ended up doing chemistry but specialised in physical chemistry and my job now is mostly chemical physics. If you end up doing research, the choice of first degree doesn't matter so much as your PhD topic. If you're going into industry, chemistry may possible be more useful as I imagine there are more chemists working in industry than physicists. If you don't want to stay in science both are good degrees that demonstrate problem solving skills/critical thinking etc. The important thing is you will spend 3 or 4 years of your life doing little but the subject you pick - choose which one you prefer to spend time on.
    Agree with everything you said. Particularly about undergraduate degrees...it's a great stepping stone but the good stuff is later.

    There are probably more undergraduate level jobs in chemistry than physics, but most aren't doing the fun stuff...more like "What do you do for a living? I work for a company that calibrates breathalyzers for Wisconsin---running the exact same test on a dozen machines a day, and filling out the same paperwork except for the series number every day for the past three years...etc."
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I had the same decision to make back in the day. I was advised to study chemistry as my teachers thought my maths was not good enough to excel at physics
    I wish my teachers had given me that advice. Actually, I wish my teachers had given me any advice...
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