Hi, I am a new user My name is Nicole and I am interested in the astrophysics PhD program. I have a bachelor's degree in biology (final GPA 3.68) and I'm currently doing my masters degree in biotechnology in Puerto Rico. I don't have research experience so far, but I have recently been given the opportunity to conduct one with undergraduate students and we are very excited to say we wish to take the steps necessary to publish, with the help of our department. Having previously been interested in medicine, most of my elective classes during my bs were health related, for example cellular physiology and embryology. I also have laboratory experience as voluntary work, where I have gained useful tools, such as knowledge working with inventory and the proper use of certain equipment. I also took required math courses up until calculus I (all A's) I realize being a biotechnology student, that my field experience may not be beneficial for a program in astrophysics, however, I consider myself a fast learner and, if required, could study any given topic in my own time at home. I realize my goal may be too optimistic and that I may very well be too late because I cannot pay for another bs degree, and I have heard that this field requires attention early on. But if there is a way, this may be the best forum to find out because much of the information available is intended for students within the field (naturally) and I am completely new to this academic field. So, my questions are: Is a bs degree in biology and a ms in biotechnology acceptable for candidates pursuing astrophysics? Is there any useful advice or tools for students out of the field who are very much interested in pursuing this path?