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Chemistry/Business Degree

John392John392 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
edited October 2009 in Science Majors
I am a freshman chemistry major and have been hearing alot that a BS in chemistry usually leads to lab grunt work. I enjoy science but would not want to be doing lab work the rest of my life, these college labs are mundane enough. I also do not really find grad school appealing. However, at my school they offer a Chemistry/Business degree which cuts some upper level chem classes and replaces them with business and economics classes. Its about 2/3 chemistry and 1/3 business.

So would this Chemistry/Business degree be a good option for someone who enjoys science but does not want to work at a lab bench or go to grad school?
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Replies to: Chemistry/Business Degree

  • starbrightstarbright Registered User Posts: 4,660 Senior Member
    As a business school prof, I think you won't get a huge amount from taking a 1/3 of your classes in a business school. I just don't know how much that will give you to be honest. I am not a fan of undergraduate business degrees to begin with but if you are looking for something practical, maybe switch over entirely to business major? That way you get full advantage of all the coursework, the teams and networking, the capstone, the career center, the guest speakers, the internships and so on.

    I could be wrong about this, but I'd be worried about coming out with a bit of knowledge in a few things, but not enough in either one. You might not be competitive with chem majors (esp if they can get certified), and you won't be competitive with bus majors since you only took *some* business courses and may not be tapped into the same recruiting resources (business students get jobs not because they learn a lot in class per se, but because of the career center and its affiliated services).

    Can you talk to others who have done this mixed degree you are interested in? Maybe find out where other students got employed?
  • yg7s7yg7s7 Registered User Posts: 876 Member
    ^What about getting an undergrad degree in chem and going for MBA? Is that a good idea?
  • starbrightstarbright Registered User Posts: 4,660 Senior Member
    I think getting a degree in something you love and then getting an MBA is an excellent idea. You usually get work experience before getting into a quality MBA program however. Unfortunately the OP wasn't keen on graduate school, which is understandable at this stage.
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