A double major in physics and psychology is one of the weird double majors you could take, yes it is possible to do but it is not a good choice due to many reasons that will be listed in our article today.
So keep reading if you want to know why, and also have an alternative idea if you like these both majors.
1 – physics and psychology are completely different
You have to understand that physics and psychology are two unrelated majors, in physics, you study matter, energy, the universe, and all the material around us. While in psychology you focus on and study humans, there is a big gap between these majors.
There are still some physics usages in psychology, which we’ll be talking about later in the article, but still negligible to workload and the unrelated topics you must take into double physics and psychology major.
As a psychology major you will be studying:
While in physics major things are completely different, you will be required to study a lot of math, and physics topics like:
The list is long, but when you compare the subjects of both majors you don’t find any overlap between these majors.
In psychology, you will be reading a lot of essays and theoretical stuff in books. While physics is practical and requires a lot of math problem-solving and making experiences. So it is like choosing to study science and humanity at the same time.
The downside of psychology is it becomes very boring if you are not interested in it because you will need to read gazillions of books and essays to understand the concepts of human beings. In addition, analyze and detect differentiation between patterns.
On the other hand, physics is very tough, especially for people who struggle in math. Physics majors have to complete all the difficult math courses like calculus, multivariable calculus, and linear algebra which is tough, time and effort-consuming.
So it is very difficult to complete or succeed in such a double major like psychology and physics, you will be feeling like enrolling in two separate courses. It is like enrolling in physics and psychology each one alone.
2 – physics and psychology are very difficult double major
Some students take 5 to 6 years to complete this major. The trick to finishing this major is to complete some credits before high school or in summer courses, so students can focus on physics and more difficult courses.
In psychology, you will be required to study statistics, which is the only math subject you will be used in psychology. Statistics is important to read case studies and analyze cases and graphs that came from other psychologists’ experiences.
You will be studying the psychology terms like memory, cognition, sensations, and other human-related topics. These topics are workload and require you to read for long hours to understand a concept.
The principal enemy you have to fight against is boredom, especially when you fall with bored professors not making you enjoy the subjects. If you don’t enjoy self-studying psychology topics alone you will have tough moments.
On the other hand, you have physics topics where you should prepare and assist all the lab courses. Physics involves a lot of math and handy work. You will be required to make test and lab experience in addition to preparing physics homework. Spending long hours and struggling to solve problems, especially in quantum mechanics, is very tough.
Majoring alone in physics is enough though, you don’t need to add more load and scatter yourself more. This is not to discourage you, but only do that if you know what you are doing not to impress your friends or surroundings.
3 – physics can be useful for psychology
If you want to go deeper in psychology and study consciousness, you might be using some physics laws and theories, especially implementing quantum mechanics that give a material explanation to consciousness through a group of theories. You will find their explanation in the video below.
But to study these advanced topics you will like to go deeper and study advanced psychology topics in grad school, not in bachelor’s. For this reason, we recommend that this next step we will mention in the next paragraph.
4 – you could major in physics and minor in psychology
If you want to go further in psychology, like studying in psychology grad school and get your phd, physics might be helpful as you’ve seen in the video example above. But the best thing to do is to focus firstly in physics and get your bachelor’s in then minor later in psychology.
you could take a psychology master’s and then apply for grad school if you show good results. The physics background will help you to tackle difficult grad psychology topics and study advanced physics theories that mix between physics and theory such as the physics and psychology color or studying the brain with quantum physics theories.
It is the best and most rational choice to make instead of double majoring in physics and psychology. But if you are looking for money and job opportunities, we wrote a complete article about this subject where you will find all the details and differences between physics and psychology and which career you should choose.
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