Graduate study with an unrelated Bachelor degree

<p>Hi.</p>

<p>I have a Sociology undergrad degree and now I want to study Biotechnology in graduate level. Is it possible for me to do so?</p>

<p>If it is not possible, do I have to take another undergraduate course in order to study so?</p>

<p>Is there any other ways to get around my lack of related undergrad degree?</p>

<p>Thank you.</p>

<p>How did you get interested in biotech? Was it an internship, job, course? You should have a good amount of experience, or way to show you are very interested in the field that you're applying to.</p>

<p>BambooBaby pretty much nailed it.</p>

<p>Graduate studies are, by definition, advanced - if you don't have a solid grounding in a given field either through previous undergraduate studies or real-world work experience, you will probably find it tough to show that you are prepared to succeed in that field's graduate programs.</p>

<p>I did a quick Google search and the first couple of biotech programs I checked sought applicants with undergraduate coursework in general and organic chemistry, calculus and a first course in molecular biology. (That's for the science/engineering side of things. I didn't check programs that were joint with business schools.) </p>

<p>You can most certainly get into decent programs without a full-fledged science major, but you'll probably need some science background.</p>

<p>Just how much science is enough depends on the type of program you want to attend. Some programs are very specifically tailored towards science and engineering majors, while others cater to students from a wider variety of backgrounds. More "prestigious" programs might have more stringent admission requirements. PhD programs might have higher expectations than Master's programs, etc.</p>

<p>You shouldn't have to do another bachelor's degree, but you should take undergraduate courses in the prerequisites and then some more advanced courses to show your passion and dedication to the field. You can do these at a local four-year college part-time while you work.</p>

<p>Thanks for the replies.</p>

<p>I came across some biotech materials through an elective module and have been interested in it since then.
I have to confess that I have no science background. My interest in Biotech is all I got. I read about biotech materials in my leisure time; and I would definitely like to take part in Red biotech (specially Cloning and genetic engineering).</p>

<p>I am trying to find out if studying Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program would take me to the door of Biotech grad school. </p>

<p>Any thoughts on my case?</p>

<p>Thanks again.</p>

<p>I did something like this back in the last century, so I know that it is possible.</p>

<p>Start by reading up on admissions requirements in the graduate programs that you are thinking about. If you can't find a specific list of courses that you would need to take, look at the pre-requisites for the courses that are offered in that grad program. Then work backwards through the pre-reqs of those pre-reqs until you hit the intro. classes. Chances are that you can pick up most (if not all) of those intro. level classes on the cheap at your closest community college. Failing that, try the closest in-state public U.</p>

<p>Good advice from happymomof1 -- it's generally not that hard to figure out what's needed. It can also be helpful to visit some schools. Most programs have someone who will meet with prospective students and offer advice, even if this person is not always a professor. But try to be somewhat aware of what applying to their program involves .... For example, when I was researching programs, I visited with one person (a "student advisor"), who seemed to expect that I'd be clueless. It was kind of amusing to see his attitude change when he realized I had a pretty good idea of what reasonable first steps to take might be (in my case, math programming classes and getting some research experience). He ended up giving me a good idea of what his program tended to look for and what he thought the strengths of the program were, and I ultimately decided it was not what I wanted (but that is also good, useful information to get -- and I came to the decision after researching the program further on my own, not just based on that one conversation). I guess the bottom line here is you have to do some research.</p>