• Mindy wrote a new post, I Got a Physics Degree and It Was the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done, on the site Skepchick 4 years, 1 month ago

    Remember, like, three years ago I wrote a post about how I was going to go back to school and get a bachelor’s degree in physics? Ever wonder how that turned out?

    I’m a lawyer, sort of. I mean, I passed the bar […]

    • You have to take a lot of physics as a chemist, at least I did. Did you not take Pchem 1 and 2?

      Sociology is definitely much, much easier than chemistry.

    • Awesome. I just finished my BS in Materials Chemistry, and it was pretty brutal. Most people don’t realize the harder chemistry majors take quantum mechanics. The class is called Physical Chemistry 2, in depth, and it was quantum and statistical mechanics, supposed to be 2 semesters, got crammed into one.

      My tutor is getting a PhD in computational physics, he had an undergrad in physics, said the material is a combination of their modern physics and quantum mechanics class, and just as difficult as what physics majors take.

      It has quite a reputation, I ended up with a B, had a half day off every week, no time to work out or do anything else.

      Not surprised on the lawyer thing you mentioned, most people don’t understand that a STEM degree is much harder than passing law school, not that that is easier, either.

    • Should be about the same difficulty as 38 years ago for a physics undergrad. You don’t do anything cutting edge in undergrad, just the basics, so it should be mostly the same. Also, I was in the Army, despite what the Marines say, we are about the same. Their basic is like 2 weeks longer, that’s about it.

      I did a materials chemistry degree, which was as difficult as Physics, as I took quantum mechanics my second semester. There’s actually multiple chemistry degrees, from somewhat easy, biochem to super hard, materials chem and biomolecular.