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LMU vs San Diego: Which is better for a biology major?

Hi, everyone! I got accepted to both Loyola Marymount University and the University of San Diego, and I'm not sure where to commit. I want to major in biology, so I was wondering if anyone could offer some advice on the academic reputation in biology and overall student life at these schools. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

6 months ago

Congratulations on your acceptances! Both Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and the University of San Diego (USD) are great schools, but their offerings for biology majors might vary.

In terms of academic reputation, LMU and USD are quite comparable. LMU's Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering has a solid biology program that offers both B.S. and B.A. degrees in Biology and Environmental Science, with opportunities for undergraduate research, internships, and study abroad programs. The college also has a strong pre-health program for students considering careers in healthcare.

USD's College of Arts and Sciences offers a B.A. in Biology and a B.S. in Biophysics, along with several minor options, such as Neuroscience and Marine Science. USD emphasizes hands-on experiences as well, with their Living-Learning Communities and plenty of possibilities to conduct undergraduate research. USD also offers a good pre-health advising program for those interested in pursuing healthcare careers.

Regarding student life, LMU is located in Los Angeles, so students have a bustling city experience with plenty of internship and research opportunities at nearby institutions. The campus is known for its sense of community and active student body, and there are multiple clubs to get involved in, including organizations focused on biology.

USD, on the other hand, is situated in San Diego, a city known for its biotechnology industry, which means you'll have direct access to numerous internship and employment opportunities for biology students. In addition, San Diego has a beautiful coastal environment that may be of interest if you're leaning towards marine biology or environmental science, or if you simply prefer a slightly more laid-back atmosphere. The student life at USD is vibrant as well, with over 100 student organizations and various events throughout the year.

Ultimately, your decision should be based on the factors that matter most to you, such as location, campus culture, available resources, and academic focus. Consider visiting both campuses, connecting with current students, and attending events to get a better feel for what these schools have to offer. Good luck with your decision!

6 months ago

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