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Science Majors in General

Scientist101Scientist101 62 replies13 threads Junior Member
Forgive me for the really vague discussion title... but I have a really broad question. I am planning to go into medicine. Specifically, into neurology/neurosurgery. But, I am also interested in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science/Computational Sciences.

I want to try and build my college experience in a way that combines advanced study in math, all three major sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics), medicine, CS, and AI. Lots of variety but also in-depth. I looked at various majors and have decided to dual major or double major (what's the difference?). I am looking for a major combination that has overlapping courses and can be completed in 4 years. I want one of my majors to definitely be neuroscience. Its a subject I am extremely passionate about.

I am only a high schooler (sophomore), so this is pretty early. But, what other major would be complimenting to neuroscience? My knowledge of the way college works is limited. I researched the following:

Double Major: Biophysics + Neuroscience ---> Biophysics seems to cover a lot of math, chemistry, and physics. But, after looking at some course catalogs, it's super light on actual biology and biophysics. However, the neuroscience major is heavy on general biology and neuroscience specific courses. Missing out on CS. Help.

Double Major: Math/Computer Science/Computational Sciences + Neuroscience ---> No research. I have no clue what this would be like. Help.

Double Major: Biology/Chemistry/Physics + Neuroscience ---> Again, no research, I have no clue. Help.

I am coming in from HS with the following AP classes:
AP English Language & Composition
AP English Literature & Composition
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Statistics
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics I
AP Computer Science
AP Psychology

Thank you so much!
(P.S. The more courses I take in college, the more I have to pay, right?)
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  • xraymancsxraymancs 4725 replies19 threads Super Moderator
    Let me answer your last question first. If you are a full time student then the tuition is generally flat for as many courses you want to take up to the level at which you need to get permission to do an overload.

    Physics is a reasonable choice as it will give you a foundation that you can use for a number of scientific disciplines. There are not as many biophysics degree programs and as you have noted, they are not as heavy on physics. Another option is to get involved in biophysics research as an undergraduate and take the the courses that interest you in biology.

    Finally, you have a few years to think about it and you might have a different perspective when you are ready to apply.
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