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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
When I first started college I was interested in Biology (I still am), but I also want to do things with computers, robots, electrical engineering, and maybe something in astronomy. My math skills are not the greatest, but I can try hard at it. Are my desires to far fetched to be accompolished and is it feasible to attain degrees in these filds before I am 100?
- James (age 19)
Charleston Southern University, Ladson,SC
A:
It's hard to put together ALL those areas, but biology, computers, robots and EE sounds doable. If you look around a hospital, you can easily all sorts of needs for more advanced machines, sensors, etc to do simple tasks. Much of the work involved in developing inventions isn't very mathematical. So there should be great opportunities in the non-mathematical end of bioengineering, especially applied to medicine.

Mike W.

Genomics is hot these days! Sequencing DNA and identifying the functions of the genes encoded within is an area employing lots of bright young people. It's biological, it uses computers, and there may even be a degree of roboticization of the sequencing hardware. Making equipment to sequence DNA faster and cheaper will push the field forwards.

You don't need a degree in each of those fields to do something interesting which uses them, and people often change careers.

Tom

(published on 10/22/2007)

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