Looking for strong bio and business for undergrad

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By Sunnydaysee (Sunnydaysee) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 03:19 am: Edit

I need help in finding schools that are strong in both bio (preferably biochem) and business. Also, could you tell me which you think is the stronger major in a certain school? I'm planning to do at least a major/minor if not more. So, looking forward to all y'alls comments. :)

By Alexandre (Alexandre) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 03:48 am: Edit

Here you go:

#1 Penn (Wharton)
#2 MIT (Sloan)
#3 Michigan-Ann Arbor
#3 Cal-Berkeley (Haas)
#5 NYU (Stern
#5 Texas (McCombs)
#7 Carnegie Mellon
#7 UNC-Chapel Hill (Kenan Flagler)
#7 UVA (McIntire)
#10 Indiana University-Bloomington (Kelley)
#11 Illinois-Urbana Champaign
#11 USC (Marshall)
#11 Wisconsin-Madison
#14 Emory (Goizueta)
#14 Minnesota-Twin Cities (Carlson)
#14 Washington University-St Louis (Olin)

BIOLOGY (Biochem):
#1 Stanford (#2)
#2 Harvard (#1)
#2 MIT (#7)
#2 Cal-Berkeley (#4)
#5 Caltech (#8)
#5 Johns Hopkins (#4)
#7 Princeton
#7 Yale (#10)
#9 Duke
#9 Wisconsin-Madison (#6)
#11 Columbia
#11 Cornell
#11 Michigan-Ann Arbor
#11 Washington University-St Louis
#15 UCLA
#15 Chicago
#15 Washington-Seattle
#15 Univerrsity of Pennsylvania

So, based on what you want, I would say that the following schools would suit you best if Business is your #1 priority:
#1 Penn/Wharton
#2 MIT
#3 Michigan
#3 Cal-Berkeley
#5 Washington Universiton-St Louis
#6 Wisconsin-Madison

If you want the best at both Biology and Business:
#1 MIT
#2 Cal-Berkeley
#3 Penn/Wharton
#4 Michigan-Ann Arbor
#5 Washington University-St Louis
#6 Wisconsin-Madison

I hope this helps.

By Lauraanne (Lauraanne) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 08:02 am: Edit

Just a caveat about Penn - it's easy to major in wharton and minor in bio in the college, but you can't major in the college and minor in Wharton - you would have to do a dual degree.

By Alan5 (Alan5) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 10:14 am: Edit

One question that you may want to ask yourself is what do you want to do with a biochem/business degree. I assume that you are interested in working in the Biotech industry. If this is the case, apply to schools that have strong placement at biotech companies (internships, co-ops, and on campus recruiting). Some of the top biotech companies are Genzyme, Amgen, Biogen, Novartis, Genetech, and Applied Bio Systems. Go to each company's web site to determine where they recruit or what their hiring requirments are. You can also search the company's website to determine where their employees went to school. Just insert the name of the school in the company's search engine.

Genzyme's internship/co-op program:


I hope this helps.

By Sunnydaysee (Sunnydaysee) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 04:17 pm: Edit

Thanks for the help. Now I just have to work on getting into these schools.

By Carolyn (Carolyn) on Friday, August 13, 2004 - 04:10 pm: Edit

Sunny - what are your stats like? There are other schools that are good in both business and biochem that aren't on the list. If you tell us your range, perhaps we can make some more targeted suggesions.

By Sunnydaysee (Sunnydaysee) on Friday, August 13, 2004 - 05:17 pm: Edit

Good idea.
SAT I (800 math, 650 verbal)
SAT II Writing 700 (essay 10), Math 2c 710, Chem-690 and something like 650 for History (Side note: should I retake anything? Would it make a difference? I'd rather not be denied on test scores)

GPA (not sure) 3.7 UW and slightly above 4 W (these are according to UC gpa....if I added 9th grade it'd be slightly higher UW.) and 9th and 10th are 4.0 UW....I had a terrible Junior year :(

EC: marching band, speech/debate, community service (all 4 years)

I have taken several courses at a local community college including one in Business to see if I liked it (which I do). This year I'm going to be taking Eng AP, Bio AP, Calc (BC) and Physics H. Umm...can't think of much else. I should be able to get a great rec and a fairly decent essay.

I don't really mind location (though I prefer urban/suburban but am not set to that), my parents don't mind if I go really far.
I live in CA, so that'll make UC's easier.
If you have need more info, just ask and I'll answer next time.

By Sunnydaysee (Sunnydaysee) on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 12:51 pm: Edit


By Goodchocolate (Goodchocolate) on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 01:14 pm: Edit

The University of Texas - Austin.

By Alexandre (Alexandre) on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 01:19 pm: Edit

You have good scores. Your Junior year concerns me. It is the most important year. You will have to explain to the universities you are applying to why your grades took a dip on your most important complete year of high school where admissions are concerned.

Otherwise, you seem to be fine. Personally, I recommend you major only in Biology but take a few business classes and get internships with compnaies in summer. You should be able to get a job with a pharma or biotech company when you graduate. Workd for a few years, then do your MBA.

So, if you wish to study only Biology, I would look at the following schools:
Amherst (reach)
Bowdoin (match/reach)
Bryn Mawr (I take it you are a young lady) (Safety/match)
Cal-Berkeley (reach)
Carleton (match/reach)
Chicago (match/reach)
Cornell (match/reach)
Davidson (match)
Duke (reach)
Haverford (reach)
Johns Hopkins (match/reach)
Michigan-Ann Arbor (match)
Middlebury (reach)
MIT (reach)
Pomona (reach)
Reed (match)
Stanford (reach)
Williams (reach)
Wisconsin-Madison (safety)

If you insist on studying Business and Biology, the list shrinks considerably:
Michigan-Ann Arbor (match)
MIT (reach)
Penn (Wharton) (reach)
Washington University (match/reach)
Wisconsin-Madison (safety)

Good luck!

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