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What are majors and minors?

  1. Sep 19, 2011 #1
    Probably seems like a stupid question for a 3rd chemistry student to be asking but what is a major? Online I read people say "I'm majoring in this and minoring in that" all the time but I have no idea what this means. I'm in a chemistry course, does that mean I'm majoring in chemistry? What am I minoring in then?
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  3. Sep 19, 2011 #2

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  4. Sep 19, 2011 #3
    In your country a major would probably be called a bachelor, can that be?
    A minor represents a certain collection of interrelated courses that lets you learn more about a certain topic that isn't your major, but not as detailed as your major.
    In my country a minor is called a minor (and a major a bachelor).
  5. Sep 19, 2011 #4
    In my country I don't even think there are minors...and majors are called bachelor's degree.(translating)
    And since there are no minors people don't even make that difference, you just graduate in one field. And undergraduate would be graduate in free translation and graduate would be post graduation.
  6. Sep 24, 2011 #5
    Yeah the degree I get will be a BSc (bachelors in science). If thats my major then where does the minor come into the picture? I didn't have the option of taking any additional classes. The workload of this course is pretty heavy, I don't think I'd be able to handle additional classes.
  7. Sep 24, 2011 #6
    Which country are you from?

    In the UK, they have a lot of variants of their degrees. Say, Chemistry with Molecular Physics or Chemistry with Management, where the subject that "accompanies" the major subject, is the minor.
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