I will be attending the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science in the fall. I am satisfied with the merit of the school and the program, but am having mixed feelings about my choice of field. I know that the AS school is separate from the other physics schools, but I am feeling a strong itch to get out of AS and into a different program. I may even want to aim for a masters instead of a Ph.D.
I am wondering whether either of those two choices are possible. If so, when might I be able to change my course?
I am comfortable and excited with AS, which is why I chose it, but further information and 'soul-searching' is pushing me in other directions. I may not be as interested in research as I am in starting my life outside of academia, which is why I now begin to consider a Masters. Any help, obviously, would go a long way towards putting me at ease. Anything you can offer is appreciated.