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I have wanted to be a marine biologist for a long time and I want to work with marine animals but also I want to work with animals like elephants and pandas. Is there a way I could do both? Like major in marine biology and have a minor as zoology. Or would it be better to be a double major instead in something? I'm getting closer and closer to my senior year and I just need to figure this out so I can figure what else I need to do to get ready for it all.
Question Date: 2017-01-25
Answer 1:

Yes there is absolutely a way to do both. I would suggest majoring in general Biology and taking courses that interest you about Zoology and Marine Biology. This will allow you to have flexibility after you graduate college so you are not stuck with a marine biology career if you decide you want to do something else (and vice versa).

The best thing to do is volunteer in research labs and get research experience early on - that will help you figure out what you like and what you don’t like topic-wise. For example, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Biology but worked in a marine biology lab throughout college and am now getting my PhD in Marine Biology. And my advisor studies Marine Biology but also does work in South Africa as well. If you want more advice about getting involved with research and what not in college you may contact ScienceLine again

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