Biology major in college?!?! HELP

Biology major in college?!?! HELP

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Some words of wisdom for anyone who fears they selected the wrong major or program of study.
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  1. One of my friend's brothers just graduated college and just got a job as an environmental scientist. Not sure what he majored in but I'd be happy to find out, as well as the details about the job and his major.

    Let me know if you're interested and I'll get the details. Best of luck!

  2. Maths was my favourite subject. But I have left it for like 4 years or so? I am 23 years old but still looks like a kid. Yeah. :/ Anyway, wether you like it or not, you need to get comfortable with Calculus. It is fun when you know how to do it. Trust me. Follow your passion. Because ANY subject and I mean ANY subject will be difficult.

  3. yaaas bitch, get that bio degree. I'm a chem major, ecology minor, and it seems like you'd be interested in marine biology, i don't know if you have such unis anywhere near you. there are a couple of those here in europe and with degree you would have no problem in finding a position in areas that are related to scientific investigation, monitoring and protection of marine ecosystems, as well as in the area of marine resource management.
    just please stay away from those awful gender studies, you won't gain anything from them. the only thing more useless would be studying religion

  4. As a graduate of a top university, here is some advice. Either you are good at math or you aren't. Calculus is not geometry. It is highly theoretical and if one is not good at math it can be impossible. I know. I got the top grades like you in HS too. I took Calculus freshman year in college and I had to withdraw from the course. I had no idea what they were talking about. If you are not good at math, then Biology or Chemistry is not going to be for you. What I don't understand, and perhaps you could reply to this, is how on Earth an environmental studies degree requires gender/women's studies classes? Maybe you need to follow the advice of other posters and transfer to a school that has the degree you want. Also, your problems are just what college counselors (academic) are there for. Make an appointment and explain the dilemna.

  5. If you really want it, don't desist just because it's scary. You are capable of doing it if you put an effort into it.

  6. I was surprised by your choice – I thought you would be a great vet ! I also went through similar doubts but years later I can vouch that not getting a degree is a far larger problem than getting the "wrong" degree. I have also interviewed hundreds of job candidates and I can tell you that when a job is advertised for graduates, more often than not what an employer want to see is that you were able to finish what you set up to do. With very few exceptions it will never come down on whether you can solve Euler-Lagrange differential equations or list all the uranium isotopes in order of half-life.

    I know that a lot of people wouldn't count on astrology, but I found good advice for my professional choices. I have Mercury at the Ascendant and a career in information sciences is ideal. If you are interested check the free astrological analyses on astro dot com.

  7. Another avenue could be environmental psychology or public health. You can study things like how people interact with their environment, what they think or believe about their environment, their motivation to conserve, or how their health is affected by being exposed to things in the environment. I just started a PhD program in public health and it seems like nowadays, both the hard sciences and social sciences are grounded in knowing how to work with clients/community members, how to design a research study, and how manage data through computer statistical programs. It's best to talk to your professors and see if you can get involved in their work early in your undergraduate career. Biology and chemistry give you very specific technical skills but they're not the be-all-end-all for a career in environmental studies.

  8. If I was in your situation, I would go the biology route. Having as rigourous a science degree as possible will more likely, set you up for life. Challenge yourself. You are articulate and passionate, why not use all that skill and ability to its fullest potential, so that you can make a difference?

  9. Honestly, STEM is a lot of work. My background: Majored in Electrical Eng. Took Physics (Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Classical/Quantum Waves), Chemistry (Intro), and Calculus (I, II, III, IV).

    First of all, chemistry classes aren't like Cody's Lab AT ALL, it's a lot of memorization. Some classes (like Organic Chemistry) are designed to "weed out" students who don't put in the work, just FYI.

    Second of all, don't be hard on yourself! You did well at algebra and trig, so you have a solid foundation. Calc can be really interesting. I HIGHLY recommend Youtube channel 3Blue1Brown He has an amazing series, Essence of Calculus, which is visual. Check out the first video in the series, just to get a taste. See if you like it.

    All in all, what matters most is experience. A degree gives you the foundation but employers only really care about your prior work experience. You should use Hunter College's career development services and find out what coursework employers look for. Honestly, from what it sounds like, you're going into a career where you're going to need hard science and basic calculus knowledge. Talk with an advisor who knows.

  10. 1) if you're really interested in conservation and environmental science, maybe Hunter isn't the best college. I understand that you ended up in college in NYC because of modeling, but maybe you should look into SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. It's suppose to be one of best schools in environmental sciences. You may go for a bio degree, like one of the previous commenter said, most of those people are interested in med school/bio grad school. If your school's bio dept is strong in that, then go for it!
    2) As a math major, the really best thing to succeed in those classes is to just go to your school's tutoring center and go to your professor's office a lot. Lower division math classes like College Algebra, Trig, and Calculus are pretty much always computational. Which means, doing the homework, doing practice problems everyday is your best bet.
    3) also, as a Women's Studies minor, your Tumblr knowledge MAY help you in the intro class, but that's as far as it can help you. A lot of the tumblr stuff is too simplistic. But I think would be interesting to take a WS with an emphasis to environmentalism.

  11. Hi Matt, I'm majoring in Food Science/Engineering in 1.5 years (hope so), I would say that if you're really interested in pursuing a Biology major just go for it, most people struggle while taking those mandatory courses (Math, Physics and Chemistry) but with hard work most push through it; if you're not that interested in research you don't have to worry that much, you just have to understand the basic concepts and you'll be fine, this will definitely give you a better understanding of the world around you and how many things in nature occur, it's a beautiful thing c: . Good luck with everything, saludos desde México.

  12. My advice as someone who totally struggled through a biology degree, don't lower your expectations of yourself when it gets hard. And if you have to have a goal and passion for it, if you find yourself lacking one of those, or perhaps needing to switch a focus, don't be afraid to take a semester off to find a new one, cause you won't do well without it! Hope that helps, love ur vids. Also, fyi biology classes get harder as you go on, don't let anyone fool you

  13. this video is really making me think about what i want to do with my life :/ i definitely never realized that i actually have to prepare for my future. i don’t even know what i want to do anymore

  14. Matt, I'm really confused, I got a masters in geography for urban planning, I'm not sure what you want to do in environmental science. You really have to look at what kind of job you want after college. There should be someone at your university that should be able to provide some kind of guidance, if there isn't I can try. You will need at least a masters degree for anything, what your ba/bs is in isn't that big of a deal, but you will get hit with having to take advanced math to do data crunching for a masters that you don't need for a ba.
    If you want to work at an aquarium you need an advanced degree in marine biology, I know you like botanical gardens, you can get an advanced degree in botany too.
    At this point I would concentrate on getting your calc, biology skills up, get a ba and then pick a master's for a focus. Talk to someone in geography, they should be able to build a ba for you.

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