A soon to be National University of Singapore (NUS) student recently asked a question online on whether pursuing a life science degree is worth it as he or she has received feedback that it is not a good degree to pursue.
The scenario of the student is as follows:
“I accepted an offer for dual degree from nus, life sciences and management. I like life sciences but I’ve heard some ppl say it’s bad degree so I was wondering if it is worth pursuing a degree in this field.”
Here are what netizens have to say
- The management minor might help you if you take up sales or marketing role in commercial companies in Life Sciences industry. Life Sciences degree on its own is pretty dismal.
- I would suggest only doing a life sciences/biological sciences degree if you’re interested in the subject and want to pursue biological research/further studies, especially to PhD level. Are you interested in biology?
- I have a PhD in Life sciences and I must admit that what most people write is true. Select this path if you know exactly what you like and what you want. With a PhD in this field you can have very good job that many people don’t know about but don’t do it just because you find it interesting or you will end up with a degree and no motivation.
- I graduated with biological science degree. If you are really interested in research and is ready to further studies with PhD, then yes. If not then no. Most of my friends who were from the same course ended up working in other fields.
- If you do take up this degree, my advice for you is to get lab / research experience early. Get internships, attachments, approach professors for research projects. Get yourself some first-hand experience in academia. This is especially important because what you learn in undergrad is completely different from the reality of doing a PhD, and a PhD is something you will want to consider if you want a career in research.
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