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joonkimdds

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I am a bio major student who studied biology solely because of DAT and to become a dentist.

While I was searching for a back up plan, I realized that there is basically nothing I can do with Bachelor's degree in Biology.

I was wondering what major you guys have and what other biology major people think of as their back up plan.

I visited a community college today to ask if becoming a dental hygienist as a back up is a good idea and the counselor told me that CC only offers associte degree for dental hygiene program so that students can transfer to other school and get Bachelor's degree in 4 yr institution. It means I have to spend anther 4 yr just to get Bachelor's degree in dental hygiene program and she told me to find something else to do.
 

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I am a bio major student who studied biology solely because of DAT and to become a dentist.

While I was searching for a back up plan, I realized that there is basically nothing I can do with Bachelor's degree in Biology.

I was wondering what major you guys have and what other biology major people think of as their back up plan.

I visited a community college today to ask if becoming a dental hygienist as a back up is a good idea and the counselor told me that CC only offers associte degree for dental hygiene program so that students can transfer to other school and get Bachelor's degree in 4 yr institution. It means I have to spend anther 4 yr just to get Bachelor's degree in dental hygiene program and she told me to find something else to do.

Do you live in a cave? There are plenty of options that one has with a degree in biology.
Oh I don't know...off the top of my head:
Apply to pharm/med/dent/opt/chiropractic/PA/nursing school, teach HS/JH science, work as researcher in a lab anywhere researching almost anything, apply to grad school, get a Ph.D. and teach/do research, work as a pharmaceutical sales rep making big $, etc.
Try to be more informed because the world has no plans for your life. You have to make everything happen for yourself and there are opportunities everywhere.
 

JamesOSU

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Couple things -

1) Life is about specializing. Don't be a biology major. Be a Microbiology major, or a Evolutionary Biology major, or a Biochemistry or Molecular Genetics major... People with Biology majors are at a disadvantage when they apply to all these jobs because with the more specific degree often get precedent. Sad thing is, most of the classes are the same, save for maybe 3 classes in the specific type rather than 3 biology GECs.

2) You do not need a Bachelors of Dental Hygeine to practice Dental Hygeine, someone back me up on this, but I'm pretty positive this is the case. Associates degree is what the majority of them have.
 
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joonkimdds

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do you think I should specialize in those before I graduate or after entering graduate school?

I will go ask other people about dental hygeine program. What I am curious though is that i heard that it's hard to get into dental hygiene program but Associate degree is only 2 yr program and that means all you need to get into the program is high school diploma so I don't know how that can make it competitive.
 

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do you think I should specialize in those before I graduate or after entering graduate school?

I will go ask other people about dental hygeine program. What I am curious though is that i heard that it's hard to get into dental hygiene program but Associate degree is only 2 yr program and that means all you need to get into the program is high school diploma so I don't know how that can make it competitive.

By specialize I simply meant do something more specific than Biology. These are all undergraduate majors, majors you probably aren't far from fulfilling if you've been working on a Biology major. Are you now planning on doing some post-grad before dental school?? Is dental school no longer a possibility to you? I wouldn't give up on that dream yet and settle for hygeine (not that hygeine is bad or anything), but giving yourself another option with a more specific major gives you a chance to make some more money and get a better job out of school.
 

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If you want to have a lot of options, go with chemical engineering. Let me tell your options after you are done:

Post-Grad- Medical, Dental, Phar., Opto., Law S., MBA, Any kind of engi., chemistry, math, physics, or any science major.

If you want to go industry- Petroleum, Dye, Chemical P., Process E., Control E., Qualit C., the list goes very long.
(CHECK MIT WEBPAGE, you can see how interdisciplinary it is)

This is the highest paying engineering (or any other field with only one BS) since 1965. The only problem is the curriculum is very tough(7-8 classes per semester) or (5 classes per quarter). The other problem is maintaining high GPA, because you will probably compete very smart people. That's why think twice. No other fields give you this much option.
 

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I have a degree in Microbio and am going to have a Masters of Cell and molecular bio this spring. I did it all solely to go to D school. The field does have options many of which are mentioned, but none of them appeal to me. I would have to say second on the list other than being another kind of doctor would be the pharm sales rep. They live better than the pharmacists as far as quality of living goes.
 
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