Choosing a major: the sciences

Recorded Monday, April 26 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


The sciences encompass everything within our natural world: from medicine and ecology to astrology and nuclear phsyics. With so many paths available, choosing a major in this field can be especially difficult — that’s why Hale is here to help. In this episode of Choosing a major, he’ll walk you through the different types of science majors, careers you can pursue in each, and what you can do in high school to best set yourself up for success in this field.

Come prepared with your questions about the sciences, or STEM in general, so you can choose a major and increase your admissions chances based on your interests.

Your host

Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Work Experience: I am a senior at Yale and excited to begin my fifth admissions cycle working with CollegeVine. After four years of working directly with students, I can't wait to engage with the people and the process in new and innovative ways online.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Hale and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
16:46@Nath:Could you please do a brief explanation of physical chemistry if you know about it?
49:32@goldenretriever1:does astrophysics require high level math?
50:59@Nath:What are some like, characteristic subjects that you are taking or took for your major?
51:44@Parent24:Is Neuroscience a premed route to med career?
52:23@Wayfarer:Mathematics is usually considered the base of all science, but which scientific discipline would you consider the closest to the humanities and social sciences? I.e. the one which gives the most cross-disciplinary insight (I’m interested in the structure of things, be it material or social)
54:58@Parent24:Did you take the IB? If yes, which 6 subjects?
55:28@e.rose:Could you talk a little bit about aquatic biology?
58:00@Wayfarer:Because of intensive nature of science, are science majors better nurtured in a liberal or restrictive curriculum? I.e. is it better to go with a focused intensive approach or broad exploratory one? I’m afraid I’d lose in depth by going with a liberal curriculum.
61:06@elena:Do you have any recommendations for majors for someone interested in applied science?
62:27@goldenretriever1:does Yale have core curriculum requirement? thanks
63:45@Nath:Do you think that the school you go to limits your opportunities in the research fields? With the sciences.
66:22@goldenretriever1:is Yale strong in astrophysics?
69:21@goldenretriever1:Historically Yale is super strong in humanities. would you say now Yale is branching out to science?
71:13@crazyblob:what's a good major for biotech
72:20@Wayfarer:Is it easier to transition from a BA to a BS or the opposite?
74:11@crazyblob:Would a B.S look better for grad school?
74:50@JO:Neuroscience relates to autism research? Any this type of research at Yale?
75:43@Nath:After completing the gen ed requirements, can you take the classes that you want?
79:59@Wayfarer:From your own experience, how valuable is research experience early in the undergraduate level? Should one focus on studies and theory first, and let the hands-on experience come second?


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