Caltech for bio/neuroscience/lingustics kid?

<p>(I also posted in Caltech forum, but wd love tohear from a parent). My son is interested in bio/neuroscience/linguistics, not as much in math (although his Math SAT was 800 and he is in Calc BC AP as a junior, will see how he does) or physics (won't be taking AP Physics until senior year). He, for some reason, is interested in going to Caltech (we are on the East Coast) but his college counselor is very discouraging, saying it is really an engineering school for math/physics types and not a good match. I think we may visit anyway, but do you think the counselor is right? Thanks</p>

<p>The physics requirement for all graduates is probably more substantive than a physics major at many top schools. It's like being a physics major at MIT for freshman and sophomore year--in addition to taking the theoretical version of mechanics and E & M, quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics are also required. And I think you are required to take a theoretical version of calculus where you derive everything--something math/physics majors aren't required to do anywhere else. </p>

<p>If you don't love math and physics, it's not the best choice. </p>

<p>Caltech is a good choice for kids who would want to take quantum mechanics even if it wasn't a requirement or even if it wouldn't appear to be helpful in their future career. In other words, people who would look for an excuse to indulge in theory.</p>

<p>RM, On the Caltech site there is talk that the Core may be modified to reduce #physics courses.</p>

<p>Science courses and labs multiple. Biology is very popular major. S worked in several NS labs. A student can take a practical or more theoretical route.</p>

<p>A visit would help</p>