I obtained a BS in History four years ago and have been working as a
software developer. I have always felt under-challenged by my current
work, however, and for a long time have been feeling the urge to do
something more important for humanity. Recently I have been
contemplating the possibility of getting back to school as a Physics
undergrad, with the goal of eventually engaging in nuclear energy
research. I just turned 27.
I have the following questions for the good people of this board:
1. Am I nuts? Have you ever heard of such a thing?
2. I need to brush up on my rust-encrusted math skills. What areas of
math should I work on BEFORE re-entering university, and up to what
level? What other academic areas should I prepare myself on?
3. How hard would it be for me to re-enter as a Physics undergrad,
compared to someone fresh from highschool?
4. Which undergraduate schools do you recommend, and which graduate
schools? I prefer good quality public universities. My previous
stint was at UCLA.
5. Any other advice is greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.