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Undergraduate Degrees: Double Major In Astronomy and a Field of Biology

  1. Oct 2, 2012 #1
    Hello people,

    I am a grade 11 student in Ontario. I am currently facing a dilemma.

    Recently, I started thinking about my career, seeing as how I apply to university next year. I was considering options and I stopped to think; I want to do something I enjoy. I want a job that I don't see as work, but as a passion that I enjoy. I realized that this passion was both astronomy and biology. To be more specific, I mean the cosmos, exploration of the universe, and life beyond the planet Earth. So here was my idea. I complete a double major in astronomy and a field of biology (i.e. microbiology, molecular genetics, cell biology etc.) This way, with a lot of perseverance, hard work, and dedication, I could hopefully attain a PhD in astrobiology and not only teach as a professor, but also research in a field that encompasses two of my greatest interests. If I decide against astrobiology, I would hopefully become a doctor. More specifically, a neurologist and also research the brain in the field of neuroscience-my final greatest passion along with astronomy and most biology. I was thinking that by completing these double majors, my doors would be left open.

    Now, my question to you after this little anecdote is whether or not this sounds reasonable and realistic. In saying this, I wonder if I will be able to maintain a high enough GPA to get into grad school (PhD programs and med schools alike). Will I be able to still have a social life, play all the sports I want, and partake in extracurriculars I value so much.

    Any and all feedback would be much appreciated.

    (additional info: looking at UofT for the double major. Other options: Mac Health Sci, waterloo for something? McGill? UofT and Mac are my first two choices)
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