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2nd Bachelors or PostBac/Masters?

  1. May 13, 2007 #1
    Hello,

    I graduated from UC Berkeley several years ago with a degree in biology with a good GPA (3.98/4.00) though with very few math classes.

    I'm now interested in studying either computer science or computer engineering to conduct applied research in AI.

    I have two main options:

    1) Pursue a 2nd bachelor's degree at Berkeley (top 3 program)

    2) Pursue a postbac/masters at a less competitive university

    Looking online, I've found that Brandeis and Boston University both offer a combined postbac/masters program in CS or computer engineering that I could probably complete in 3-4 years. My only fear is that this route will make me less competitive for PhD programs once I'm out. They include no required work in physics. The 2nd bachelor's would also require about 3 years but I'd have to take a huge number of diverse classes in physics/cs/math in comparison.

    My ultimate goal is to received a PhD in computer science or engineering with an emphasis in robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. My dream grad programs are at CMU and GeorgiaTech. I'm currently on the East Coast but am still classified as a California resident.

    I'd appreciate any advice you can give!

    Thanks much!
     
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