My concerns about this thought process are as follows:
- I may have no idea what I’m talking about. Perhaps a geology degree would be perfectly fine preparation for volcanology, or perhaps an even better one. Making decisions based on possibly serious misconceptions makes me quite hesitant. (The last time I did that, I ended up two tattoos, several thousand dollars of loan debt, and a personally translated copy of chapter 16 of Homer’s “Odyssey.”)
- I’m not sure I can hack higher-level math and computer-based processing. (The difference is 4 credits of multivariable calculus, 6 credits of computer science, and the 16 geophysics credits themselves.)
- That being said, I’m also concerned about my GPA: perhaps a higher geology GPA would be preferable to a lower geophysics GPA when applying for graduate school. (And my GPA is already embarrassingly low.)
- That I might be talking myself out of something I need to do, or into something I don’t need to do.
- Is volcano monitoring and eruption prediction best approached from geophysics or geology?
- Which might best prepare me for jobs?
- How painful is multivariable calculus? (Where 1 = “Basket-weaving” and 10 = “Ancient Greek.”)
- What do grad school programs look for in applicants, generally? And GPAs, specifically?
- Am I over-thinking this decision?
I’d like to make a well-informed decision, so I’d appreciate any advice or counsel you can offer!