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    (Original post by Saaidh)
    Hey guys, I like the idea of becoming a genetic engineer one day. I'm also an aspiring writer. What subjects do you suggest I take? I'm interested in going to university in the US.
    Definitely HL Biology, possibly HL English plus one other HL probes either maths or chemistry.
    SL math or chemistry again, then you would need a language B and a humanity.

    Obviously it all depends on what you enjoy, are good at.
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    (Original post by gravesy)
    Definitely HL Biology, possibly HL English plus one other HL probes either maths or chemistry.
    SL math or chemistry again, then you would need a language B and a humanity.

    Obviously it all depends on what you enjoy, are good at.
    By English HL, you mean Lit or Lang&Lit? I'm not sure if I want it at HL, I write mostly personally. Like, no plans to really study anything like this at uni level. I was thinking having Bio, Chem and Math at HL gives me a competitive edge at university application, right? Thanks for your advice!
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    (Original post by Saaidh)
    By English HL, you mean Lit or Lang&Lit? I'm not sure if I want it at HL, I write mostly personally. Like, no plans to really study anything like this at uni level. I was thinking having Bio, Chem and Math at HL gives me a competitive edge at university application, right? Thanks for your advice!
    Maths at HL is realllllllllllllllllllllllllllll llyyyyyyyyyyy hard
    About 30 people started with HL maths at the beginning of the year, there's only 8 left now
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    (Original post by Georgie-H)
    Maths at HL is realllllllllllllllllllllllllllll llyyyyyyyyyyy hard
    About 30 people started with HL maths at the beginning of the year, there's only 8 left now
    Im pretty good at Math! I get perfect scores at IGCSE level (not that often though, haha. I almost always make that one careless mistake. Point is I know my ****). Would that be any indication of how I'd fare at IB Mathematics? I mean, I know that there's a huge gap but in any case, I guess I'll try it at HL and drop to SL if it's too much.
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    (Original post by Saaidh)
    Im pretty good at Math! I get perfect scores at IGCSE level (not that often though, haha. I almost always make that one careless mistake. Point is I know my ****). Would that be any indication of how I'd fare at IB Mathematics? I mean, I know that there's a huge gap but in any case, I guess I'll try it at HL and drop to SL if it's too much.
    I think it's the huge gap that's the hardest, one of my friends is doing higher and says it's okay at the moment but she's doing 4 HLs at the moment in case it gets really bad and she can drop it and not have to learn another higher subject really quickly
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    (Original post by Georgie-H)
    I think it's the huge gap that's the hardest, one of my friends is doing higher and says it's okay at the moment but she's doing 4 HLs at the moment in case it gets really bad and she can drop it and not have to learn another higher subject really quickly
    Ok, I'd do something similar then, if I can! Thanks

    Does anyone have recommendations for a humanity as someone who's very science focused? I've done GCSE Economics which I loved a lot (great teacher, useful subject). No experience with History or Geography, so I don't know what to expect I guess! Geography sounds the most science-y of all, so I'm wondering if it'd be more appealing. I dunno, thoughts?
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    (Original post by Saaidh)
    Ok, I'd do something similar then, if I can! Thanks

    Does anyone have recommendations for a humanity as someone who's very science focused? I've done GCSE Economics which I loved a lot (great teacher, useful subject). No experience with History or Geography, so I don't know what to expect I guess! Geography sounds the most science-y of all, so I'm wondering if it'd be more appealing. I dunno, thoughts?
    I'd take economics HL considering it's thought of as one of the easier HL subjects. I'm taking it too next year and i've also done IGCSE economics. If your doing well in economics you'll have an advantage over others doing economics since most of them wouldn't have studied it previously. And like you said economics is very useful in life.
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    (Original post by pbunny)
    I'd take economics HL considering it's thought of as one of the easier HL subjects. I'm taking it too next year and i've also done IGCSE economics. If your doing well in economics you'll have an advantage over others doing economics since most of them wouldn't have studied it previously. And like you said economics is very useful in life.
    Sounds great! I've also heard it's pretty easy before. Do universities see it as a weaker subject than, say history because of that? Since my humanity isn't important I'd like to take that I to account as well.
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    (Original post by Saaidh)
    Sounds great! I've also heard it's pretty easy before. Do universities see it as a weaker subject than, say history because of that? Since my humanity isn't important I'd like to take that I to account as well.
    No, definitely not! Economics is just as respected as History. Subjects like Business and Management are seen as 'soft' humanities by universities.
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    (Original post by pbunny)
    No, definitely not! Economics is just as respected as History. Subjects like Business and Management are seen as 'soft' humanities by universities.
    That's great to hear! So I'll be going with

    English Literature SL
    French B SL
    Economics HL
    Biology HL
    Mathematics HL (may drop to SL later)
    Chemistry HL

    Yeah, it's a lot of work, but it have good background on my HLs, and academics are my biggest forte. Let's see how I do!
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    (Original post by Saaidh)
    That's great to hear! So I'll be going with

    English Literature SL
    French B SL
    Economics HL
    Biology HL
    Mathematics HL (may drop to SL later)
    Chemistry HL

    Yeah, it's a lot of work, but it have good background on my HLs, and academics are my biggest forte. Let's see how I do!
    We're taking the same HL's, except i'm not doing HL maths! I'll be doing:

    -HL Biology
    -HL Chemistry
    -HL Economics
    -SL English Language and Literature
    -SL Spanish Ab initio
    -SL Maths

    I'm really scared about biology :/
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    (Original post by pbunny)
    We're taking the same HL's, except i'm not doing HL maths! I'll be doing:

    -HL Biology
    -HL Economics
    -HL Economics
    -SL English Language and Literature
    -SL Spanish Ab initio
    -SL Maths

    I'm really scared about biology :/
    It would help to not take Economics twice Haha, don't worry, one of those was Chemistry right? What do you plan to study at uni level?
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    (Original post by Saaidh)
    It would help to not take Economics twice Haha, don't worry, one of those was Chemistry right? What do you plan to study at uni level?
    Hahah, it was a typo. Yah, it's supposed to be HL Chemistry. I'm not 100% sure but i am interested in pharmacy and business. How about you?
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    (Original post by pbunny)
    Hahah, it was a typo. Yah, it's supposed to be HL Chemistry. I'm not 100% sure but i am interested in pharmacy and business. How about you?
    Im probably going to study something related to genetics, like maybe genetic engineering. I'm not entirely sure if it's better to take Chem rather than Physics for that, what do you think? I definitely will be doing Bio haha!
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    (Original post by Saaidh)
    Im probably going to study something related to genetics, like maybe genetic engineering. I'm not entirely sure if it's better to take Chem rather than Physics for that, what do you think? I definitely will be doing Bio haha!
    One of my friends is interested in genetic engineering. She asked my biology teacher as to what the requirements would be and she said she highly doubt you'd need physics (IGCSE physics is probably enough). You'd primarily need higher chemistry and biology, which you've taken so all should be good. I also googled this and it seems like you don't need physics although there are closely related degrees that require it such as biomedical and biochemical engineering.

    I'd ask your schools university guidance counselor about this as he/she would be able to give you the most accurate information on this since genetic engineering is not a common course.
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    (Original post by pbunny)
    One of my friends is interested in genetic engineering. She asked my biology teacher as to what the requirements would be and she said she highly doubt you'd need physics (IGCSE physics is probably enough). You'd primarily need higher chemistry and biology, which you've taken so all should be good. I also googled this and it seems like you don't need physics although there are closely related degrees that require it such as biomedical and biochemical engineering.

    I'd ask your schools university guidance counselor about this as he/she would be able to give you the most accurate information on this since genetic engineering is not a common course.

    Exactly! It seems like all three sciences are useful for it. That sounds pretty boring, as if I wasn't already annoyed by how I shouldn't pick an Art thanks to double sciences being very strongly preferred. I'm planning to uni in the US though, and I don't think there are subject requirements for undergrad courses. When I head to my sixth form, I'll find somebody to talk to about it, and in the mean time use Bio/Chem for my application ^^

    I did GCSE Physics, so I've got that covered!

    I'm thinking, do you think for something like this, having Mathematics HL is preferred? I mean, I don't see how heavy math is involved in what I'd like to be doing in the future. If SL considered equally though, I don't see the point in even bothering with trying HL! But if it is, maybe I should do Econ at SL instead. Which bothers me because almost everyone says it's THE easiest HL! I feel like it's a wasted opportunity to take it at SL hahaha
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    (Original post by Saaidh)
    Exactly! It seems like all three sciences are useful for it. That sounds pretty boring, as if I wasn't already annoyed by how I shouldn't pick an Art thanks to double sciences being very strongly preferred. I'm planning to uni in the US though, and I don't think there are subject requirements for undergrad courses. When I head to my sixth form, I'll find somebody to talk to about it, and in the mean time use Bio/Chem for my application ^^

    I did GCSE Physics, so I've got that covered!

    I'm thinking, do you think for something like this, having Mathematics HL is preferred? I mean, I don't see how heavy math is involved in what I'd like to be doing in the future. If SL considered equally though, I don't see the point in even bothering with trying HL! But if it is, maybe I should do Econ at SL instead. Which bothers me because almost everyone says it's THE easiest HL! I feel like it's a wasted opportunity to take it at SL hahaha
    I think that if you intend on studying in the US, it doesn't matter if you don't take physics for IB. You'll have taken it sometime throughout your high school career, so it's fine. I really doubt HL Maths would be required for GENETIC engineering, however it would certainly be preferably for other engineering courses that are heavy on maths. So if you're not 100% certain on genetic engineering taking HL maths would keep your options open, but then again not taking physics would make it extremely hard to get into other engineering courses (that is if you're interested). I was going to take HL maths because i would need it to get into good economics courses in the UK but i decided against it because American universities don't require it for finance. From the advice others have given me, you shouldn't take HL maths if it isn't necessary because it's a huge commitment that requires heaps of passion/drive. But you won't get advanced placement/credit for SL maths in the US so keep that in mind when making your decision.

    I'd say it best to start off with your 4 HL's, this is generally advisable when taking HL maths as most people drop it to SL because of hard it is. Just get a feel for both HL Maths/economics in the first couple of weeks (if your schools allows this) and drop whichever one you don't want to continue on with/don't require for your degree. I agree with you on the basis that it'd be a shame to drop economics to SL because of how easy it is.
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    (Original post by pbunny)
    I think that if you intend on studying in the US, it doesn't matter if you don't take physics for IB. You'll have taken it sometime throughout your high school career, so it's fine. I really doubt HL Maths would be required for GENETIC engineering, however it would certainly be preferably for other engineering courses that are heavy on maths. So if you're not 100% certain on genetic engineering taking HL maths would keep your options open, but then again not taking physics would make it extremely hard to get into other engineering courses (that is if you're interested). I was going to take HL maths because i would need it to get into good economics courses in the UK but i decided against it because American universities don't require it for finance. From the advice others have given me, you shouldn't take HL maths if it isn't necessary because it's a huge commitment that requires heaps of passion/drive. But you won't get advanced placement/credit for SL maths in the US so keep that in mind when making your decision.

    I'd say it best to start off with your 4 HL's, this is generally advisable when taking HL maths as most people drop it to SL because of hard it is. Just get a feel for both HL Maths/economics in the first couple of weeks (if your schools allows this) and drop whichever one you don't want to continue on with/don't require for your degree. I agree with you on the basis that it'd be a shame to drop economics to SL because of how easy it is.
    That is really what I should be doing, yeah. Gonna make this work! You mentioned earlier you were scared about Biology, why's that. I see frequently that it involves a ton of memorisation haha, but I think it sounds doable
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    (Original post by Saaidh)
    That is really what I should be doing, yeah. Gonna make this work! You mentioned earlier you were scared about Biology, why's that. I see frequently that it involves a ton of memorisation haha, but I think it sounds doable
    The only reason i'm scared of biology is because i've always doubted my ability in biology and my IGCSE biology gives us killer tests. Like for example NO-ONE got an A* (i got A) in our mocks, trust me when i say there are a lot of smart people in my year group! Her tests have literally destroyed my self esteem - okay that might be over exaggerated but i'm sure you get the point. I'm just hoping my IB Biology experience is nothing of the sort. Plus, it doesn't help that my biology teacher next year will be bad, great just great.
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    (Original post by pbunny)
    The only reason i'm scared of biology is because i've always doubted my ability in biology and my IGCSE biology gives us killer tests. Like for example NO-ONE got an A* (i got A) in our mocks, trust me when i say there are a lot of smart people in my year group! Her tests have literally destroyed my self esteem - okay that might be over exaggerated but i'm sure you get the point. I'm just hoping my IB Biology experience is nothing of the sort. Plus, it doesn't help that my biology teacher next year will be bad, great just great.
    Ah I see, that doesn't sound good! You should turn into drive to work harder next time. You'll be fine! What year are you at? By having a bad bio teacher, do you mean for IB?
 
 
 

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