I am currently entering my third year of undergraduate. When I entered college I was torn between physics and computer science and ultimately chose computer science. I like cs, but I'd like to apply it towards physics applications. I've spent the past two summers working at software companies as an intern, so I have no research experience as of now. I need to start applying for research positions soon if I am to get into graduate school I've heard.

I am wondering if it is possible to get into a masters program for physics with my undergraduate in cs? My school offers a minor program for physics which covers mechanics, E & M, light/waves/heat, and quantum which I am currently working towards as well. For the research, is it even worth applying to physics labs if my major is computer science or should I stick to applying to cs labs? In a physics lab maybe I could aid in preparing apparatus that involve programming or electronics?

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    I can post a full answer tomorrow if you like, but as someone with a fairly fresh Ph.D in physics, you will flounder in Masters coursework without the proper physics prep. – user1717828 Aug 12 '17 at 1:44
  • @user1717828 Even if it is, say, computational physics? – Marko Karbevski Aug 12 '17 at 6:03
  • There is a concept in some fields of a research programmer or research software engineer, where you work in an interdisciplinary team using your computing skills for non-CS applications. I am not sure if this is true in physics, but you may want to find some physics labs and see if they have computing staff and then talk to those staff about their job to see if it's what you want. – JenB Aug 12 '17 at 9:27
  • @JenB There happens to be a club and lab for computational physics at my university. The club I'll check out, but it seems to be mostly graduate students. The professor in charge of the lab is focused on biological applications of computational physics. – Rohan Wagle Aug 12 '17 at 12:09
  • @MarkoKarbevski my hope is to study fluid dynamics. – Rohan Wagle Aug 12 '17 at 12:10

I would say you would absolutely be able to get in to a physics masters program as long as you have taken the pre-requisites for the specific program. Most programs have a list of courses that must be taken to be considered for admission.

I got my undergraduate degree in Geology and Geophysics, but I became more interested in engineering towards the later part of my undergraduate. So I was sure to take all of the requisite engineering courses that I needed to get into an engineering masters program. Now I'm actually working on a PhD in Civil Engineering.

Moral of the story... It is absolutely possible, but be sure to check out the program requirements for the physics programs you are interested in applying.

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