Right now all I have is a generally idea of where I might go to college and that I want to do something science (preferably physics) or math related. Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm under the impression I need to narrow that down a bit and figure out what sort of careers to pursue, but really I don't even know what what you would do with, say, a degree in physics. Be a physicist? Who do you work for? I've been trying to look some of this stuff up, but most sites say "you can do ANYTHING with a physics degree!" Very helpful... Can anyone point me in the direction of some good websites about this sort of stuff, or maybe even offer some insight of their own?
I'm probably not the first to say this and I certainly won't be the last...but I gather that you are about to start college. Why decide now? For my undergraduate, the university had everyone choose major so they could be sorted into colleges, otherwise I was listed as "undeclared". That is, they knew before I did that I would change majors a couple of times (which I did), so they left it open.
This is not to say you shouldn't have some idea of where you are going...it sounds like you do, which is great. From my experience, the coursework, encounters with professionals, professors and other students really helped in pointing me in a more specific direction. In my case, I started bio-chem (big mistake), then to advertising (bigger mistake), then English (getting there) and ultimately sociology. I arrived at sociology due to a last minute schedule change that put me in a soc class.
The rest is history! (Literally...I am now a history teacher).
I think here at Uconn we have Engineering Physics.
You can do what I did. When I started at Uconn I wasn't totally sure what I wanted to major in. I had a feeling that I wanted to go into engineering so I started as an engineering exploratory. Kept the option of easily changing majors, but also already starting engineering. Now I'm in my 5th year in Uconn's Mechanical engineering program.
Keep it as general as you can for as long as you can, that's my advice. Although some subjects will fall by the wayside as you go because you find you just aren't interested in them.
Maths is probably the most flexible, but it's better to have something along with it to broaden your possibilities. If you don't want a career in science be sure to pick up economics or business subjects or something like that too.
Originally Posted by Feared
I've been trying to look some of this stuff up, but most sites say "you can do ANYTHING with a physics degree!"