Book recommendations & advice on a career in biology

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    • #15075


      I’m currently in high school and thinking of going into biology when I start attending university next year (woo-hoo!). Do you guys have any recommendations for books? Especially anything in ornithology or genetics would be superb.

      Advice on a career in biology would also be appreciated. I plan on getting at least a Master’s degree before exiting school. Will I need to get a PhD? Also, would it be possible for me to get a Bachelor’s in math with a minor in biology and then apply for a Master’s in biology? If not, how hard is it to get a dual degree? Is that a good idea? How much math will I be learning and using with a biology degree? What things should I be considering as I decide what field of study to enter (both in biology and careers in general)?

      Thank you very much! 😀

    • #105271

      If you chart a course to the dual degree carefully, you can apply many electives to both degrees. I graduated with BS Bio and BA Chem using that strategy. Having the broad background was very useful in grad school and since.

      I like the book "Coming to Life" by Nusslein-Volhard (molecular developmental biology). Good luck!

    • #105274

      A technology university or school with a heavy engineering curriculum might suit your combination needs better.

    • #105282

      On average you change your major 3 times in college, so don’t plan too far ahead.

    • #105410

      Yes, Career in biology are good option for secure future present in biology area you can choose many more spacific field on it like biotechnology, bioengineering, Aerobiology, Algology, Allelopathy, Aminopeptidases, Anatomy, Astrobiology, Autecology, Bacteriology, Bionics and Botany

      I like the books 1. What Can You Do with a Major in Biology: Real people. Real jobs. Real rewards. Author Bart Astor

      2.Great Jobs for Biology Majors by Blythe Camenson
      3.Academia to Biotechnology Career Changes at any Stage by Jeffrey M. Gimble

    • #105736

      Hi there,

      If you’re interested in exploring some of the careers paths you can take with a degree in biology (as well as info on what higher degrees you’ll need for each job), check out Inside Jobs pages on different biology careers:

      Hope this helps!

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