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Triple major or 2 majors 1 minor? - January 17th 2010, 09:48 PM

For those of you who live in Canada, you'll likely understand the terminology I'll be using but for those who don't or who do but don't understand the terminology, I'll define them here:

Specialist: 9.0 to 16.0 credits
Major: 6.0 to 8.5 credits
Minor: 4.0 credits

At the university I go to, in order to get a Bachelor's, or rather Honours Bachelor's as they don't offer non-Honours, you need either 2 majors, 1 specialist, 1 major with 2 minors or 3 minors. You can exceed this, such as 3 majors but it's not required to do so.

So I've been thinking and I'm sort of in a jam. Right now I'm in my 3rd year, double major biology and psychology, and I've been flopping in and out of a minor statistics. I was wondering about changing the minor statistics into a full-out major, leaving me with a triple major, or going for a specialist in biology with a minor in statistics. This is of course all dependent on how I do on my current statistics course and if I do lousy, then I'm forgetting about this but if I don't, I've always had an interest in mathematics. The problem I had before was I didn't see much practical value for it in terms of a career. I don't want to be a high-school teacher but I would like to be a professor, although that's a route that's pretty hard to get to. If I don't get to be a professor, then any advanced math courses I take go to waste as I'd have to do something else. With statistics, I found there's much more practical value in many areas, including the ones I'm interested in of biology and psychology.

So my question is this: if I do more statistics courses (note, I'm currently doing my 3rd mathematics/statistics course now) so in total it'll be about 5-7 math/statistics courses, should I not bother with going for a minor or major as it does require me to do other courses that would interfere with me completing my 2 current majors? I've asked my parents and they said I could just do the stat courses but not go for a stat program. The reason why I want to go for a stat program is I thought that if I'm going to do that many stat courses, then I might as well make a program out of it.

I'm planning to take at least 2 third-year stat courses next academic year depending on how this one goes and I'm thinking I could live without doing any fourth-year stat courses but I would do fourth-year bio and psych courses.

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Re: Triple major or 2 majors 1 minor? - January 17th 2010, 09:56 PM

Woah, woah.. lol reading this is such a mess complicated Canadians. Statistics is useful to have, but I've found in my limited experience that minors don't really count for beans... are you planning to go to grad school? Knowing me, I would do it if I were good enough at stats to comfortably fit a few more courses in there without losing my GPA, but that's just me.


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Re: Triple major or 2 majors 1 minor? - January 17th 2010, 11:08 PM

wowser!! maybe talk to your guidance councler about all of this, I couldnt keep up!! they will! good luck!
   
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Re: Triple major or 2 majors 1 minor? - January 18th 2010, 03:18 AM

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Woah, woah.. lol reading this is such a mess complicated Canadians. Statistics is useful to have, but I've found in my limited experience that minors don't really count for beans... are you planning to go to grad school? Knowing me, I would do it if I were good enough at stats to comfortably fit a few more courses in there without losing my GPA, but that's just me.
Yeah, the system does get to be messy here. I am planning to go to grad school and I'm hoping that have stats on my resume will look nice as well as come in handy.

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I've been to them for other things and they weren't that helpful. They answered a few questions of mine in the past but the questions weren't very significant to begin with and for the most part, all the person did was look at the academic calender, which is online anyways. I may go to them but I never got any truly positive results from them.
   
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Re: Triple major or 2 majors 1 minor? - January 18th 2010, 03:46 AM

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I've been to them for other things and they weren't that helpful. They answered a few questions of mine in the past but the questions weren't very significant to begin with and for the most part, all the person did was look at the academic calender, which is online anyways. I may go to them but I never got any truly positive results from them.
Do you have academic advisors? They really suck at pulling up the online calendar, but they do tend to give good general advice and some actually have an idea of what's going on after.. undergraduate.

Hmm, obviously I assume you would talk to your advisor, so this is a silly point. But if your advisor is useless, you could try a faculty/professor that you had previously.


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Re: Triple major or 2 majors 1 minor? - January 18th 2010, 04:47 AM

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Do you have academic advisors? They really suck at pulling up the online calendar, but they do tend to give good general advice and some actually have an idea of what's going on after.. undergraduate.
Yes, there are academic advisors. I sort of group them altogether with counselors and such. I will talk with them about grad school but other than that, not really.

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Happily some profs who I've had before I'm having again or have had again so sometimes I talk with them or to TAs who have their Master's already. Actually, there was last semester an information session as a student-professor get-together with some snacks, and the professors (only psychology ones) answered a pre-set list of questions and some questions we would throw out to them. There was one for neuroscience, one for music cognition, one that's known by damn near everyone as he's amazing, one that is involved with developmental psychology (geriatrics mostly) and one for language. Pretty useful.

Usually I talk more with the professors I have currently both for course questions and for other concerns.
   
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