A young man is adamant about becoming a Physicians Assistant but doesn’t know if his undergrad should be Biology or Neuroscience. Cappy chooses neuroscience because he has an interest in it…

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  1. I am on the same track and either degree is good to become a PA. You can take electives that fulfill degree requirements for a BS in Biology that will also help you prepare for being a PA. As a Biology major I have taken or will take Immunology, Endocrinology, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Advanced Cadaver Anatomy, and Advanced Physiology and I may try to squeeze in Neurology. Your can take the same courses as a Neurosciene major. None of the classes mentioned are required to earn the degree but at the same time will count towards earning the degree. You can be a Biology major and take classes that aren't directly related to the human body and are geared toward working in a lab after graduation or to pursue graduate work with the goal of becoming a Biology PhD.
    At the same time, many PA programs require or recommend the basic courses that are offered in both degree programs such as Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, and Biochemistry. I meet a girl in my Microbiology class who was rejected by the PA school that she applied for because she had not taken Microbiology. She already had a degree in Neuroscience. They told her to take the class and apply again the following year.

  2. Easy answer get you're BS in nursing then you have an option to do PA or NP, or anything because you should have the prereqs. You'll also be making like 70k if you don't feel like continuing depending on where you live.

  3. Biology as an undergrad is too broad to get jobs. It’s like a jack of all trades but a master of none, which is disappointing after all that hard work. I’m not saying that bio is a bad major, but you must be more specialized (PhD or medical field) to qualify yourself anywhere for a real job.

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