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Considering this career. Looking for pro advice (USA/Europe)
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I want to be a mad scientist mapping intelligence genes (apparently human genome project in China already beat me to it =\), creating mutant 3 eyed mice (joke) and creating super weight loss supplements THAT ACTUALLY WORK (hehe), there are so many "terms" for genetic engineering, bioengineering etc, so what EXACTLY is this kind of discipline within the field known as?

Do I need to get a 8 year degree or can I "get away" with a bachelors for this kind of work? Could you just take all the relevant classes (chem, bio, physics?), skipping bs filler classes like history and language classes (irrelevant) and get a job with a "loaded" college transcript? I'm 24 here, I don't want to be in college till I'm 32, or start my life off loaded with dummy debt... Trying to figure out how I can "angle" my goals to get me going asap while ensuring I am properly educated. If you stuck me in a chemo class I could tolerate a few years of that kind of relevant studying, but honestly the colleges make you take all these stupid classes so they can loot your wallet, it's really dumb that I have to know about Napoleon to engineer diseases resistant mutant mice?


I'm considering taking my first few years online to "get my grades up" before jumping into a good college, probably in Europe (I live in US, too expensive here). Any college recommendations for European professions in the field? Preferably somewhere foreigner friendly (Like Germany).

Thanks =)

- soaren
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(07-29-2015, 10:28 PM)soaren Wrote: I want to be a mad scientist mapping intelligence genes (apparently human genome project in China already beat me to it =\), creating mutant 3 eyed mice (joke) and creating super weight loss supplements THAT ACTUALLY WORK (hehe), there are so many "terms" for genetic engineering, bioengineering etc, so what EXACTLY is this kind of discipline within the field known as?

Do I need to get a 8 year degree or can I "get away" with a bachelors for this kind of work? Could you just take all the relevant classes (chem, bio, physics?), skipping bs filler classes like history and language classes (irrelevant) and get a job with a "loaded" college transcript? I'm 24 here, I don't want to be in college till I'm 32, or start my life off loaded with dummy debt... Trying to figure out how I can "angle" my goals to get me going asap while ensuring I am properly educated. If you stuck me in a chemo class I could tolerate a few years of that kind of relevant studying, but honestly the colleges make you take all these stupid classes so they can loot your wallet, it's really dumb that I have to know about Napoleon to engineer diseases resistant mutant mice?


I'm considering taking my first few years online to "get my grades up" before jumping into a good college, probably in Europe (I live in US, too expensive here). Any college recommendations for European professions in the field? Preferably somewhere foreigner friendly (Like Germany).

Thanks =)

- soaren

Hi Soaren,

If you are jumping into Science, there would hardly be any 'non-science' (and/or non-sense) subjects in your curriculum in any 'college'. Yes there could be "one" course on communications but that would be aimed at overall grooming (and to keep the monotony of one-way route at the bay). Dont think about doing it all for "few years" online, because at some point of time you will find yourself dealing with extremely limited resources (no practicals) and 'a single perspective to all lessons ( i.e yours)". You can never make up for the multitude of opinions and understandings and ideas that evolve in a class.

Go for a college and choose the right specialization. You should start with Bio-engineering (this will keep you flexible to accommodate further interests, that could arise en-route your academic journey). You may consider ETH Zurich, University of Munich, UCLA is one of the best options, Ludwig Maxilian Munich isn't a bad choice either (p.s: i have kept US universities out of context here, though it's US that harbors the best Biological/Bio-engineering research institutes in the world).

You can do that kind of research well within your bachelors, but believe me, if you seriously work on your aspirations then the degrees will be a by-product of your entire journey.

Best wishes
Sunil Nagpal
MS(Research) Scholar, IIT Delhi (Alumnus)
Advisor for the Biotech Students portal (BiotechStudents.com)
Computational Researcher in BioSciences at a leading MNC


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