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ok, so originally i wanted to try biophysics (i applied under the physics major at cornell), but i also want to have a life in college, and i think that there are pros and cons to each:
Biology: PRO - I like the concepts better, I barely study at all and do fine in AP Bio, the molecular stuff and human body stuff is interesting
CON - There are different parts I don't really like (such as ecology and evolution), difficult B- curves in intro courses, afraid that either pre-med/vet/dental or researcher, I don't like labs in bio much, feel like too much memorization and not enough challenge
Physics: PRO - I like the challenge better, I can do a lot more with a physics degree than bio (at least varied), it shows i can solve complex problems
CON - The concepts don't interest me much even though the challenge does, at least for Newtonian Physics (quantum may be another story, and i've read about it and string theory and it seems a lot more interesting), i would not want to be a scientist/physicist, it is hard and i want to have a life outside of the class, too hard?
how much work would i be doing in both majors - i know it's a lot, but which is more? i tend to think that the subject material in physics is harder, but the actual curve of the classes in bio will be harder due to the amount of pre-meds. will i have a life outside of the class as a physics major
i do not really want to do pre-med since i think the amount of schooling after college and stress may be too much, but that may change. i thought of patent law originally, but not sure - though i know you can get away with a BS/MS in physics for a decent job in patent law, whereas you need a PhD in bio
i also want to have a well-rounded liberal arts education to and am interested in maybe minoring in philosophy. i know that at cornell, if you do an outside concentration in physics, then you only need about 8 courses and can combine it with another track, such as philosophy.
so can someone (preferably bio and physics majors) give advice on which route to go. as a matter of practicality i lean towards physics since i think it'll leave the most doors open, but i still don't know, but i did hear that the concepts of physics do get really interesting later on.
i just don't want hard science courses to be all i take - i like philosophy, psychology, politics, writing, language, history, etc. too!