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Is it possible for a biology student to pursue a online BSc degree program in physics or mathematics?

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Is it possible for a biology student to pursue a online BSc degree program in physics or mathematics?

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Depending on the requirements of the program, it should be straightforward for a biology student to change majors to physics or mathematics, particularly if they have taken coursework in mathematics and statistics. Whether the student is merely changing majors or (more challenging) pursuing two degrees at once, it is beneficial to choose courses that fulfill requirements for both majors.

There is likely to be some overlap between the mathematics requirements for each discipline. However, the physics and mathematics courses that would satisfy requirements for the biology degree might not be sufficient as introductory courses for the physics major. A student considering a physics or math degree should use courses geared toward math and physics majors to fulfil electives for the biology degree so that they might count for both majors.

Students at a traditional college might also consider a double major instead of a second online degree, to reduce the time and financial cost associated with getting a second degree and to increase the chance that introductory and elective classes apply to both majors.

For more information on a second degree, check out this article

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