WhoaNonstop wrote:I'm thinking about changing some of my applications to Materials Science Engineering. Will getting into these programs be more difficult for someone with a Physics degree?
that's true. applying with chemistry background is even easier. I think it's kind of major that you should find a professor somewhere who likes you and upon admission he may assign you some TA duties in his courses or let you in his lab from the very beginning which means that contacting them before applying is not as waste-of-time as it is when applying to physics programs. and many of them are doing "nano" type research with good finding which is dream for physicists.