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Old 02-19-2010, 03:42 PM   #1
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hey all who have applied or are alrdy in the life sciences course in nus, can pls share abt what is it about or what u think abt it. as of now, i hv not known anyone who is taking this course, so can u guys out there give me a clearer picture abt it?
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:26 PM   #2
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How bout posting some more specific qn? it's pretty hard to ans something so broad would turn out as an essay.

In the nutshell, you are going much much deeper into biology. Studies of ecology, biochemistry, microbiology... wad u learned at JC was most probably mostly microbio n biochem, so most of the modules under these topics are generally building upon the foundation of knowledge u should alr have.

4th year u also can choose ur specialisation, biology (ecology), biomedical, microbiology. the name explains quite alot about what you are going to learn.

If u think that taking life sciences means no more chemistry. Sorry to say that's not the case haha. the allocated modules consist both bio & chem.

i dunno how can i further enlighten you. btw, im not a life sciences student.
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:35 PM   #3
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How bout posting some more specific qn? it's pretty hard to ans something so broad would turn out as an essay.

In the nutshell, you are going much much deeper into biology. Studies of ecology, biochemistry, microbiology... wad u learned at JC was most probably mostly microbio n biochem, so most of the modules under these topics are generally building upon the foundation of knowledge u should alr have.

4th year u also can choose ur specialisation, biology (ecology), biomedical, microbiology. the name explains quite alot about what you are going to learn.

If u think that taking life sciences means no more chemistry. Sorry to say that's not the case haha. the allocated modules consist both bio & chem.

i dunno how can i further enlighten you. btw, im not a life sciences student.
I thought JC was mostly genetics..?
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:37 PM   #4
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spent more time on reproductions of cell, bact & viruses. genetics at most was like the hereditary tree - recessive & dominant homozygous, and some of the other exceptions.
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Old 02-23-2010, 03:39 PM   #5
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Are the job prospects for life sciences good in singapore?
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:06 PM   #6
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Bac. in sciences (with wadeva major) is a very general degree. It's not like a professional degree that guarantees u a job instantly. if u are thinking of research, sure a sciences degree would get u one, esp with the growing research industry in s'pore. However, a degree alone is like being almost at e btm of the food chain in a lab. But, a general degree like this allows u to go really anywhere. depends on how u "sell" urself to the interviewers. i heard a prof say, it equips u not only with the knowledge of ur major, but more impt e critical thinking skills that companies want.
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Old 02-24-2010, 01:02 AM   #7
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Hi,

I'm a life sciences hopeful. But I can offer some preliminary observations.

Judging from the current situation of the life sciences sector, the R&D-like job prospects are quite bleak as of now. But it can certainly get you a job of washing test tubes, running the machines, and some admin work if you don't mind.

In order to be noticed by the employers, you need to go beyond your general BSc degree. Meaning that you need to do MSc/PhD in some sort of specialisation. Otherwise, be prepared to work in non-life sciences positions like sales/govt work/anything. Because there is an oversupply of life sciences graduates in the modestly-sized bio/pharmaceutical industry, the employers would tend to be very selective, favouring the ones with additional qualifications beyond the BSc degree. Coupled with the increased influx of foreign talents, it is no doubt that getting a lab job here is certainly difficult. So another alternative is to seek job opportunities outside Singapore, where other countries are short of lab technologists or similar.
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Woah, it looks like pursuing life sciences doesn't look very promising, isn't it? At least this is what I comprehend of the situation. Hmmm...
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Old 02-25-2010, 02:03 AM   #9
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smash: if you are talking about the life sciences situation in singapore, then yes, not so promising.

but it doesnt mean that it is the end of every budding life sciences graduate's dream. if you want to still pursue it, then try to find out more about working overseas (because as much as working overseas sounds attractive, it is also equally dangerous & challenging - trying to adapt/assimilate into their foreign culture/lifestyle, or not being streetwise, etc) before deciding to venture overseas.
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Alright, thx! Maybe I dun think I will go into life sciences.
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