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Changing majors… again

Posted by on Saturday, November 28, 2015 in Academics, College of Arts and Science, General Information, Pre-Med.

If you have read my bio, you would know that I was considering changing my major to neuroscience.  Well, the day has finally come.  I’m a junior, and I have officially changed my major!  The funny thing, though, is that this is the second time that I have changed my major.  Yay for indecisiveness, right?  Let me explain my journey.

I did well in gen chem (intro to chemistry) at my old school, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, so I applied to Vanderbilt as a sophomore transfer as a chemistry major.  Sadly, my time as a chemistry major was short lived, and the horror that is organic chemistry was the reason why I ditched the major all together.  I ended up switching my major to biology, and I lasted as a biology major for almost a year.  I liked the major a lot— I did pretty well in gen bio (intro to biology), and I even got myself involved in a biochemistry lab (which I am staying in although I am now a neuroscience major).  The reason why I switched my major a second time to neuroscience is because I think that the upper level neuroscience classes sound more interesting and because I like that there are more classes to choose from.

This is the intro to neuroscience textbook. I am currently taking this class.

The biology and neuroscience majors start out in a similar fashion.  They both require 2 semesters of gen chem, 2 semesters of gen bio, 2 semesters of orgo, and 2 semesters of physics and because I’m premed and have AXLE requirements, I have taken sociology, psychology, biochem, English classes, Spanish, and history classes.  Basically, what I am saying is that I have not taken any upper level biology or neuroscience classes yet, so I am able to be a neuroscience major and graduate on time.

All in all, many premeds are biology or neuroscience majors because both majors cover the premed prerequisites, and this makes life a whole lot easier.  Because both majors are in the same school (Arts & Sciences), the process of switching is super easy.  All I had to do was request a neuroscience adviser, have him and my old biology adviser sign a form, hand that form to the neuroscience department office, and hand a copy of that form to the office of Arts & Sciences in Kirkland hall.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about the neuroscience major!

-Jeff Yung

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