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Sc.B. or A.B.

EarlEarl 49 replies5 threads Junior Member
edited September 2007 in Brown University
So, I'm probably going to put down Biology (specifically micro) for my intended major/concentration. However, I'm not sure if I should apply for an Sc. B. or an A.B, considering that both offer the concentration. Is an Sc. B. better for biology? Is it more competitive in terms of admissions and/or grades?

I have a lot of academic interests (math, chem, physics, bio, history, philosophy, psychology, lit) that I'll want to take classes in and potentially major in, in addition to or perhaps in place of bio, depending on how things turn out. Is it easy to switch which degree program you're in?
edited September 2007
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  • mgcsincmgcsinc 1142 replies27 threads Senior Member
    Once you matriculate, no one at Brown will give any regard to the degree program that you selected when you applied. You will be given a completely clean slate and what you put on the application will mean absolutely nothing. I promise.

    As to the question of what is better in terms of admissions, the question has been discussed and I'd suggest that you search for previous discussions. I would note that the application process varies slightly and the Sc.B. application process might allow you to show off a little bit more if you have the math/science credentials to do so.
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  • MovieBuffMovieBuff 926 replies45 threads- Member
    ^^^ I agree
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  • sid_galtsid_galt 140 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Keep in mind though that unless you get a CAP course (in which your CAP course professor will be your freshman advisor), whatever major/conc you put down on the app may influence the freshman advisor you get if you matriculate at Brown.

    For instance, I put down Comp Sci as my intended major and got a Comp Sci prof as my freshman advisor.

    Don't worry too much about it though since the upperclassmen of your intended field will very eager to help you and you should get excellent advice from them (atleast that's how it was in my case)
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  • mgcsincmgcsinc 1142 replies27 threads Senior Member
    true, sid.

    Although, that's still a separate question from the A.B./Sc.B. one, since many concs offer both.

    In any case, do whatever most accurately reflects your expectations about the future and does the best job of showing off your skill set - you won't be locked into anything.
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  • renixrenix 659 replies23 threads. Member
    Yeah, I changed my concentration after I got here. The dean will just scratch out what they had and write above it what you're changing to. Brown's a funny place like that.
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  • EarlEarl 49 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Wow. Brown rocks.
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  • shaqdaddyshaqdaddy 101 replies16 threads Junior Member
    lolz, i remember asking these questions. just know that it matters far less than you think, and I was more anal a college applicant than anybody. your essay should be about your interests, thoughts on the world, but never wax pretentious, and ull get in if ur stats are decent.
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  • renixrenix 659 replies23 threads. Member
    that's not completely true, there were some people with perfect sat's who got rejected last year
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  • MovieBuffMovieBuff 926 replies45 threads- Member
    shaqdaddy..where did u get that from?. As one of the most selective schools in the countries (7th) "decent" stats will get you nowhere at Brown. I have a feeling it is only going to get worse for the class of 2012.
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