I am an undergraduate student with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physics. I want to pursue an academic career in biophysics. Therefore, I wanted to know what subjects are required for higher education in biophysics. According to my course, we have to select a sub-essay for the first two semesters, and a second sub-essay for the next two semesters. The last two semesters are entirely focused on physics. I’m about to finish my second semester, and I started math as my sub-subject now, I have to choose one of them.
Chemistry, computer science, or microbiology for the next two semesters, and I’m not sure which to choose. Looks like microbiology. Clear choice but I think, that knowledge of chemistry and computer science also has applications in biophysics. So can you help me by telling you which of these subjects will be most beneficial in learning? With that in mind, do I want to pursue biophysics in the future?
There are possibly numerous “near” votes because this question would fit far more than academia on the physics stack exchange. Because this is not a common question about the academy.
Raghu parthasarthi is not a reasonable reason to be suitable for another site.
If you know you want to monitor your Ph.D., you ask them.
My comment was not well written. This question is not a general question about academia and therefore is not within the scope of this site, and thus it will be closed. This, anyway, is a very pertinent question for the physics site.
Thank you for your comments and Raghu Prathasarthi’s answer, I will also take this question to the physics site. I’m new to this site, so I’m sorry for my mistakes.
Biological Domain Knowledge:
You will learn during research, and at this point in your education, it can be difficult to predict. Because you have no idea, what kind of graduate program you will enroll in or the specific research field of your potential mentor.
So, although all these directions are considered right and if you choose them, it will not be wasted, I will lean towards more basic subjects, namely chemistry or computer science, whether you care or not. Can’t figure out what direction you’ve taken in the future. The second option would be statistics, as any experimental biophysics research would require a highly solid understanding of statistics. So that experiments with high power of statistics can be designed, and as a result, statistics will be exposed to fraud without being well understood.
Biophysics in US:
Assuming you are pursuing a Ph.D. in Biophysics in the United States. None of the articles you enter are necessary. It will be very important to complete a Physics Major with good degrees in Physics subjects. Research experience will also be very helpful. Math / Chemistry / Computer Science / Biology will all be helpful, but none of them is more important than the others. I can suggest statistics/computer science, as these are subjects that many biologists may not have studied or would like to practice. And that’s why they can appreciate your skills.
After completing the Ph.D., there will be no further testing of your undergraduate coursework by employers. You should know a lot of skills before doing a Ph.D., which are not included in the undergraduate curriculum.
If you have scholarship money, financial aid money, or money to pay for extra classes, you don’t have to pick and choose. You can take all these courses if you are interested. But all this will not go to your degree. Your goal is to get your degree and I also want you to learn extremely valuable information. Please go to your advisor and express it. I hope this gives you some insight.
Choose Your Course:
Check if your department has an undergraduate course coordinator. A person who aims to help undergraduates choose courses. He or she will be in the best position to answer your questions, especially since you must take the course. It depends on what your department offers in the first place. If your department does not have an undergraduate course coordinator, ask your biophysics professor (s) instead.