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“I definitely liked that I came to my graduate program with a strong astronomy background. I felt ahead of the people with just a physics background or those that came from a combined physics-astro department, where they may have had only one or two intro-level astro classes as an undergrad. I had eight undergraduate astronomy classes, which gave me a foundation for every aspect of the field.
Having said that, I would have considered double-majoring in physics and astronomy. I couldn’t do it because I kept my original aerospace major and didn’t have room in my schedule. But double majoring takes only three additional courses and gives you even more background for your physics GRE and for graduate school itself.”
— Greg Salvesen, BS/Michigan Astro '09