Here is my deal. I went to college once and graduated with a BS in chemistry. I worked for a couple of years and decided to finish a physics BS. I want to go to grad school for physics. I would like to study AMO physics. BEC in particular. However, I am open to many areas of research in condensed matter also. I have some odd stats. Here they are:
My overall GPA at the culmination of my chemistry undergrad was 2.7.
My overall GPA when I finish the physics degree will likely be around 3.15. My physics major GPA will be ~ 3.5.
I earned an F in a general physics class. I repeated it for a B. I earned a B in the second semester of general physics (those were taken during my first college stint).
Since then, I have received As in every other physics class I have taken - about 40 hours in total. Also, I have received As in 4 math classes after the usual Calc 1-3, Lin. Algebra, and Differential Equations. I have only earned As since the chemistry degree debacle.
I have two 2nd-author publications and I will have good letters of recommendation.
I will be taking the PGRE soon. I have been studying for a long time and I feel that I will do well.
I plan on applying to all of the top ten AMO schools. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandr ... ic-science
Naturally, I would love to go to Colorado, MIT, etc., but I think they are probably very, very long shots, haha. I will also apply to UIUC and Washington PhD programs, and Cornell's MEng in applied physics.
Let us pressume that I ace the PGRE. What do you think my chances will be? How about if I only get a 700?
I posted this over at the physics forums, but I would like more advice.
Please give me all the guidance that you can give. Thank you very much in advance.