Hello! I'm a junior in highschool and looking at different majors. Ive been looking into careers based in science or scientific research. Mainly Biology and Chemistry related. Thing that have piqued my intrest; cancer research, studying bacteria and or viruses as well as genetics. I'm thinking about majoring in Biochemistry or Microbiology. Is there one that is more fitting for these future career paths? If so which one. Should I double Major? Is there another Major I should look into?
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It sounds like you could become an oncologist/researcher in the future. Biochemistry and microbiology complement each other as they are both science majors. You could major in biochemistry and specialize in microbiology. Biochemistry is broader than microbiology, and you can take microbiology courses alongside your other courses. If you want to study things like cancer and viruses, you can major in something broader like biochemistry and then attend medical school. My advice is to take a pre-med route in college, which will expose you to all kinds of science, including biochemistry and microbiology. If I were in your shoes, I would major in biochemistry and minor in microbiology.
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You should definitely look into biotech as well since technology is on the rise of interest and it has to do with biology too.
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