Long time lurker, first time poster. I am currently looking into physics grad school and have a few questions which I am hoping some of you guys can answer. I will be graduating after this year with a B.A. in physics from a smallish state school, not really known in physics, I have a 3.5 GPA both in major and overall, as well as a political science major (hence the B.A.), a math minor and 3 years of research in biophysics that will culminate in a senior thesis.
1. I will not have taken a class in thermal before graduating (it is offered every other year and has always conflicted with my schedule) but will have all of the other "core classes". Will this, particularly if coupled with a B.A. instead of a B.S. hurt my chances?
2. Is it reasonable to choose a M.S. over a PhD? Are there any M.A. degree programs that offer good scholarships that you know of?
3. How much can a good PGRE score compensate for my GPA?
Thanks in advance for any responses