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      Hi Everyone,

      There is something that has been bothering me for a while and I'd like to ask you all with a hope of getting some clarification and guidance.

      I'm in the middle of 2nd and 3rd year of university and have Biology major and Chemistry minor. Although, my ultimate goal is to get into medical school INSHALLAH, I do need to know where and how far can I get with a B.Sc. in biology or chemistry. What are some career choices for a person that has this on his resume? I'm absolutely unclear on this matter and any input will be appreciated.

      I have an appointment with an academic counselor in a week and a half but I was wanting to get some information from a broader sample of people.

      Thank you!

      P.S. Do I need to stay as a Bio major in order to be able to be considered as a potential medical student or do they also accept chemistry major?

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      Further then I can get with a BA in History, so be happy.
      Oh well. *shrugs*

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      ^ Where you going with that qualification?
      ...baat jisame, pyaar to hai, zehar bhi hai.

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      i did both in helping me get my chosen career, the thing is with chemistry, its such a diverse subject; it can lead to may fields in your supposedly chosen profession. anyway, not sure if i'm making sense, i'm off for a cuppa.
      ...baat jisame, pyaar to hai, zehar bhi hai.

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      With a Science background like Chemistry, you can try being a Patent Attorney..one of the highly sought after fields in Law, in case you decide not to pursue a medical degree.
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      You can go into research or into pharmacetical sales or pharmacetical compliance etc.
      There is a lot of money in medical drug trial compliance.

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      If you are in the US biology major won't increase your chances to get into a med school.. to qualify for med school all you need is a 1 year of Biological Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) and 1 year of Math (usually up to Calculus 1 ) in fact the diverse your major is, chances are higher.. I know someone in medical school with English major and one my friends was pre-med with Math major.. she got into med school very recently.. Biology major is considered boring.. if you like Chemistry, you can switch your major and minors around that.. I had Biology major and Psychology minor but my advisor asked me to switch around if I wanted to stand out in hundreds of bio major med school applicants.. now the point here is, whatever you do, do great.. your grades matter, your MCAT scores matter, and your extra curricular activities matter for med school!!

      Back to your original question... career choices for bio/chem.. not many! Unless and until you live in a big metropolitan area where there are plenty of research labs and that too if you like working in the lab.. I hated labs, I was more of a community person so I ended up doing masters in public health.. it met my interests the best with a flavor of science yet working with community!!!

      Besides the lab work, honestly there is nothing much that you can do with your BS in Biology unless and until you decide to go to pharmacy school, med school or dental school for that matter!!! I wish someone had advised that when I stepped in the US with bio major in my mind.. I didn't belong to that field but stayed in the there with a mentality same as yours (med school).. later I couldn't get into med school and didn't find a decent job in a very small town of the US..i still feel like my BS degree holds no value for me if I didn't have masters in a slightly different field. :-(

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      WoW! GTG, it explains very well and yes, I am thinking of changing my major to Chemistry. There won't be drastic changes in my courses which is good and I am getting much more into Chem now than I was ever before. My GPA has been quite good so far and I'm also starting some volunteer work in a pharmacy and a hospital. Let's see how it goes. And yes, thanks loads for the info. It's very helpful.

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      I like Gemini's advice. Just to add a bit, Chemistry is a great option for majoring, I know that med school admission committees like chem majors, especially those coming from reputed schools with challenging chem programs. You should switch to something that interests you a lot and can highlight your academic strength. I had been one of those who did Bio for three years and then realized it sounded way too boring. I switched to double major in physics along with bio and a minor in psyc. Alhumdulillah, I made it to med school. However, if I had to do it again I probably will choose something like Forensic Science (HUGE Potential, sounds impressive, challenging programs) or Biophysics (instead of going crazy trying to finish two majors in two semesters) or even Bioinformatics-if you're in one of those tech-savvy schools, and I would study my butt off for MCATS!

      Good Luck

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      im a chem major and work as a chemist...its an interesting job....when pple ask me what i do, i tell them i make glue

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      Quote Originally Posted by Ask99 View Post
      With a Science background like Chemistry, you can try being a Patent Attorney..one of the highly sought after fields in Law, in case you decide not to pursue a medical degree.

      whats a patent attorney? sounds interesting

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      oh and can i ask, is all this major minor the UK equivalent to Alevels?

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      Hi I did biomedical science at uni. At first i worked in a cancer research lab. But now I work in a hospital pathology lab. Lab work is okay but it can be very boring most of the time.

      With biology the field is so diverse you can work in immunology, biochemistry, research, microbiology, pathology, zoology, ecology, genetics etc the list is endless.

      If you live in the UK generally universities will generally offer specialities e.g zoology. If you decide to do biology you are keeping your options open as normally in the biology department you can mix and match modules and can specialise when doing masters. Or change into speciality after the first year (note this was what happened at my uni) unless you know the field in which you want to study.

      I am not sure about major and minor but i think your major is what you have most credits in and minor is the one you have least credits in someone correct me if I am wrong. I hope this helps remember to go for something you are interested in get work experience.
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      if you are willing to spend some money i could get you place in medicine in europe
      please contact me by e mail aasukman@hotmail.com and put some light on your educational and fincancial situation
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