microbecode01 Posted August 19, 2014 Share Posted August 19, 2014 Dear forum people, I am a rising collegiate sophomore with the double majors in a microbiology and mathematics, and I am training myself everyday to become a great virologist (aiming for the virology-related graduate schools). I wrote this post because I have a problem choosing the biological courses for the upcoming Fall semester AND the undergraduate research. I am trying to decide whether to take the Biochemistry I (first semester of year-long introductory course) or Cell Biology (one-semester course); I will also be taking the Organic Chemistry I, Theoretical Linear Algebra, Composition Skills in Life Science, and the Research-Credit Course. I had talked with my advisers and professors (who will be teaching the biochemistry and cell biology), and they said that either course is fine with the rest of my registered courses. Although I thought that the organic chemistry is a basis of a biochemistry, my biochemistry professor told me that both the biochemistry and organic chemistry (both year-long) can be taken concurrently as long as I put an effort. I would like to take either the biochemistry or cell biology as early as possible since my upcoming undergraduate research is based on those topics. Which course should I take, especially concurrently with the biochemistry? Also I am trying to decide which undergraduate research should I do for the rest of my undergraduate career. I currently got into the analytical chemistry lab and the virology lab. In the analytical chemistry lab, which focuses on the molecular biology, I will be researching the methodology to study the cell signaling molecules and the prokaryotic cell signal systems. In the virology lab, I will be researching the genetics of the influenza and ebola viruses. I am going to go with only one lab since it is much better to focus on one lab intensely than scattered my efforts in both labs. Since I am planning to study the virology in the graduate schools, it seems that the virology lab is well suited for me. However, I am also intensely interested in the cell signals and the analytical chemistry because I think that the understanding of cell signaling between the host cells and viruses (such as influenza) is crucial for the development of methods to fight the viral pathogens. Is it okay to do the undergraduate research that is different from the graduate school programs? Is it okay for me to do my research in that analytical chemistry lab and still aiming for the virology graduate programs? Or should I go with the virology research now? I apologize for this lengthy post and the grammatical errors. I sincerely seek your advice on both matters in academic courses and research. Thank you very much in advance, and have a wonderful rest of a day! microbecode01 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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