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Should I stick to being a Bio-chemistry Major or would changing to a Nurse major be more beneficial?

Should I stick to being a Bio-chemistry Major or would changing to a Nurse major be more beneficial? Topic: Should I stick to being a Bio-chemistry Major or would changing to a Nurse major be more beneficial?
December 12, 2019 / By Ailey
Question: I recently found out I am pregnant and it seem like all my forensic science dreams has become shattered. I recently searched the internet for the salary of Forensic Scientist and they barely make anything anyway. I have most of my pre-requisites for Nursing, but I wanted to know would pursuing a Nursing Degree (with a minor in chemistry) will be more beneficial than just having a B.S. in Bio-chem. My plans were to go to graduate school, but now that I am planning for a baby, I think graduate school will just have to be put on a halt for awhile. The reason im putting it in the pregnancy section because Im pretty sure alot of you have children already, and probably would know the best route if you were in my shoes
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Todd Todd | 5 days ago
Well...if you're early along enough in your college career to change majors, I assume you'll have the baby before you graduate? If that's the case, I don't see how changing majors will make the situation any different. Might as well go for something you enjoy more and that you're passionate about than a back up plan. I'd think as a nursing student you'd be far busier than as a simple biochem undergrad. As for grad school, you could always enroll in PhD programs instead of Masters programs. The majority of science PhD programs pay you about $1500 - $2000 a month, as well as giving you free or discounted child care. Most PhD programs will let you leave half way with a masters if you decide to only finish half of it. (I would keep this secret from programs, but I know some use this to essentially get a free masters.) However, your major in undergrad doesn't matter too much when applying to grad school. If you do switch to nursing, make sure you still take all the pre-reqs required by most graduate programs. If you do this and still decide to get your nursing degree, you can apply to grad school programs later. Heck, it'd probably make a pretty good personal statement. lol Good luck!
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Todd Originally Answered: Considering changing major to economics and in need of advice.?
What are your career objectives? Why are you changing from accounting? I cant really offer an opinion without this information. It is common to take intermediate micro/macro during the same semester and this shouldnt cause any problems or overload. Intermediate micro is probably the more important class in terms of getting into your upper level electives. There is probably no reason to take bus stat and the econ stat, since theyre likely to cover some of the same material. Econometrics is important and usually covers introductoryn regression stuff. Okay. Well as to the math, it shouldnt be too bad. Most schools won't do much beyond college algebra in undergrad econ classes (and that will be mainly in your intermediate classes). It certainly is a wonderful field and I am glad that you enjoyed your intro classes. I might suggest an internship before graduation, but econ with a finance minor should set you up well. I'll pass on some info that I gave someone else asking about economics on this board (some of which should be relevent): Economics at the college level will teach you a couple of principles that you can apply to various social questions: Why is the optimal level of murders not 0? Why is coca cola in the U.S. made with corn syrup, while coca cola is made with sugar in Mexico? Who does protectionism help? Who does it hurt? Are gas prices too high or low given external costs? When should a person marry and when should a person stop searching? Why do the poor in the US tend to live in the center of cities? Is a gift really free? Why do medicines receive patent protection? Why are most McDonalds the same size? This is just a breif list of some of the questions that may be addressed in undergraduate economics courses (particularly micro courses). Basically, economics is a social science, so we look at a bunch of things that other social sciences (e.g. sociology, political science) examine. The differences are more in methodology, than subject. In short, economists apply the scientific method to human behavior, which has valid advantages and criticisms. At the undergrad level, most of this is done through the use of graphs. To dispel some common critiques: Economics is not the study of money. Macro people (as opposed to micro people) may care more about money, but in general you can use economics to examine a wide array of social issues (just look at the variety of classes offered at most colleges: e.g econ of the environment, urban economics, international trade, economics of law, economics of state and local govts, economics of crime.....) Economists don't necessarily conform to a particular outlook. There are liberal economists and conservative economists. Economics is first and foremost about model building. We strive to model human behavior. We tend to place more belief in generalities and statistics than other social scientists, so how much you buy into the methodology will depend on how you feel about this fact. Economists usually don't focus on equity, they focus on efficiency and leave equity considerations to political scientists and others. In general, economics is very useful in developing logic skills and explaining a bunch of world realities. But you shouldnt expect to have much of a grasp of the macroeconomy (i.e. the national or world economy) after a couple of classes in macro. The world economy is very complex and some of the world's best macroeconomists dont have a great grasp of the macroeconomy. To respond further about the job process (though I chose the academic path, so I may not be best suited to answer): There are a handful of majors as an undergraduate that will specifically train you for a job. Accounting, teacher education, and engineering all come to mind. The job search for these people is usually relatively simple (for example, either a job wants an accountant or it doesnt and if it does the person will generally need an accounting degree). Since these jobs (engineering, accounting, and teaching) are in high demand, those with degrees in the field rarely have hard times finding employment. There is also alot of money out there to make in accounting, if you are able to secure employment with one of the big firms. The downside is that you miss on the opportunity to study about how the world works and you study something that you may or may not find tedious. In my masters of econ program, I shared an office with MA in accounting students and we got into a discussion about this one day: two of them said that they wish they could go back and study something like econ where they would enjoy learning the material (they were listening to us have a policy debate), one enjoyed learning accounting, and I think the other person would not have changed anything as he was most concerned with early retirement and felt like he had a good chance at a big 4 firm. Now economics is a valued degree and complements a finance minor well, but as the poster mentioned below, you will likely not see any jobs specifically looking for econ degrees (as you would accounting), therefore youll be looking at the same job pool as most majors. I would say that for those jobs, economics will be seen as one of the better degrees, and will put you ahead of the pool in that regard. If you were concerned about employment, an internship might be a nice option. Good luck with your decision.
Todd Originally Answered: Considering changing major to economics and in need of advice.?
You're not too late, I returned to school having never taken a business or econ class, but transferring and clepping 2 year's worth of credits, and completed a BS in economics in a year and a half. To add to what the PhD student above says - agree no problem taking macro and micro at same time. Verify that you actually would need to take both of those stats classes, seems likely you wouldn't. But if so you could surely do both at same time. I will say that although Econ is far more interesting a study than those other things IMHO, as far as employability goes both accounting and finance are more marketable (and having a minor does not mean anything.) In my experience over the past decade, there are tons of jobs calling for BS in accounting or finance, and almost none specifically calling for a Bachelor's in Econ. And even though you could do many of them no problem (certainly the finance jobs), your resume gets thrown away by the HR people because you have the wrong major. My revenge is that now I'm in a field where we'd happily look at an Econ major but certainly not an accounting major. A finance minor will not do you any good in terms of getting a job, but it's a good accompaniment to the Econ major, and no doubt would be helpful if you go on to get an MBA or work in finance. (BTW if you could hang in there long enough, a double-major in Econ & Finance would be perfect.)

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I didn't wake up and realize that 9/11 was a CIA job. If you'd said Mossad (Israeli) job, I'd believe that. And I certainly didn't feel any hate because of the 9/11 thing, I just thought how fitting that the world's most violent country is getting a taste of its own medicine.
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Marvyn Marvyn
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
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Marvyn Originally Answered: What are the major differences between being a doctor and a nurse?
well, the answer by flkasdjf is just silly. Dr's. diagnose illnesses, diseases etc and prescribe medicine, do surgeries, ......... There are nurse's who have gone on with school to become a Certifiied Nurse Practioner, that work under the guidance of a Dr. But, generally speaking, nurses carry out the Dr's orders - what meds & when to give them - including injections. They do not diagnose and prescribe meds (except as mentioned above), they may take a health history which aids the Dr in making a diagnosis. Take vital signs,clean wounds, clean incisions, change dressings, give enemas, assist the Dr in many ways when needed - also depends on whether you are in a hospital or a Dr's office as to what you do. Most blood or other body fluid samples, are taken by lab techs. although, some may be collected or measure by a nurse - esp if a person is being checked for how much they are consuming and how much they are putting out (like urine) Some hospitals employ phlebotomists who do iv's, or sometimes a nurse will do this. Nurses will usually check the iv solution and change when necessary. There are a lot of things nurses do and they definitely earn their pay. I have known a few very good male nurses - who are straight - I don't think they were looked down on at all. In fact a couple of them were very much respected, because they were good at their jobs, and cared about the patient. If you really want to get a good feel for who does what - go volunteer at a hospital. I'm sure they would love to have you. There are so many different types of jobs to do in the health care field besides being a Dr or a nurse, and this may be a good way for you to see what kinds of things different jobs entail. And you could talk to a nurse (RN, LPN, and the aides) and find out who does what.

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