– an investigation of the human condition

Too much freedom :(

For the past couple of hours, I’ve been going through the USyd Science Handbook and jotting down all the subjects that I’d like to do in 2009; the final year of my undergraduate degree. And yes, I am considering this as time spent “studying”….

I haven’t really made my mind up as to what I want to major in, and if I want to do one or two majors (if two, then only one has to be at the Advanced level). So far I have come to conclusion that I will be doing a major in Neuroscience. Now, I have the option, do I do four other random third year subjects to fill up the two remaining spaces in each semester? Or do I do four subjects that relate to one discipline thereby qualifying me with a second major? I can potentially do a second major in either Anatomy, Physiology or Pharmacology.

But I’ve hit a concrete wall. Of the 14 subjects I want/can do, only 6 of them are conducted in Semester One, and only two of those 6 I actually want to do (the two Neuro ones). The remaining 8 are offered in second semester and I want to do all of them! Interestingly, one of those subjects is Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience (from the Psychology discipline) and that seems really really cool, especially because the co-ordinator for the subject, I had last semester for Psych and he had a really cool accent, lol… how petty.

The third issue is then, even if I choose to do Psych and any other of the cool subjects offered in Semester Two – that doesn’t solve my problem for semester one. I’m forced to pick between the boring Forensic Osteology + Visceral Anatomy and the even more excruciatingly painful paired Human Cellular Physiology subjects.

A Science degree is just too much freedom for me to handle.

What do you think??? Any suggestions?


3 responses

  1. Sam

    I have the exact same problem, all the semester 1 subjects are crap!
    Good luck picking, at least you know your major. You’re doing better than me 😛

    October 12, 2008 at 11:45 am

  2. Daughter of the Almighty

    I think a double major is a really good idea, even if you do end up doing some subjets that you don’t want to do. You do pay a price but you graduate with a higher level of knowledge and skills and hence you beome more employable as it looks great on your CV and distinguishes you from everyone else. 🙂

    Go to page 154 of the old Agbia or page 164 in the new one. He’ll help when you hit a brick wall like that. 😉

    October 12, 2008 at 12:24 pm

  3. Samwich

    You don’t have to do 2 subjects each from NEUR/PCOL/PSYC right!? 4 NEUR subjects is fine? O.o

    I sure do hope so, I’m looking at doing a physics/neuroscience double major, finishing my senior year in 2010.

    October 17, 2008 at 7:16 pm

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