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Econ
8 18%
Neuro
24 53%
Both, kill yourself!
13 29%
Voters: 45.
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#1
Hi all. I'm making a selfish post rn.
I'm currently deciding between majoring in neuroscience or economics. Economics is easier (at least for me) but neuroscience is more interesting. However, if i do neuroscience i have a ****ton of shitty requirements like chemistry, physics, and calculus. I'm in chem right now and it ****ing sucks dick. Econ I just have to take one semester of basically dumbed down calculus. I also want to be able to play my guitar consistently and have a band and shit. I'm in boston so there's a lot of places to play around. Econ would give me a lot more time to do so..
Also, as of now I'm technically double majoring neuro/econ. I'm a freshman.
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#2
more money to be made in economics if you're smart/ambition and you said yourself it's easy. the choice seems obvious.
#4
You should definitely let a bunch of strangers decide a decision that will impact the rest of your life. I'm excited for the next thread that asks us to choose your life partner, and the following one on whether or not you should have kids.
#5
undergraduate economics is, for the most part, capitalist indoctrination and liberal circle jerks. if you're smart/ambitious you'll avoid such an intellectual rectum. the choice seems obvious.
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#6
Quote by chrismendiola
You should definitely let a bunch of strangers decide a decision that will impact the rest of your life. I'm excited for the next thread that asks us to choose your life partner, and the following one on whether or not you should have kids.

he's just asking for advice. there's no doomsday device in place to bind him to the result of the poll
#7
As a psychology major myself, and with neuroscience being a field of psychology I think my answer is self explanatory.

But don't listen to us, do what you want and you'll have the most enjoyment with. You don't want to hate what you go to school for and then work the rest of your life doing.
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#8
Quote by Eastwinn
undergraduate economics is, for the most part, capitalist indoctrination and liberal circle jerks. if you're smart/ambitious you'll avoid such an intellectual rectum. the choice seems obvious.

This. Undergraduate economics teaches stuff that hasn't been taken serious for half a century. Go neuroscience. you can always go back to economics in the master phase.
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#10
I'd say if you can do well in both, forget about how much it sucks for the short-term and think about what you'd be happiest doing every day after. Either way you'd probably make good money so that seems like the only factor if it was me
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#11
Quote by genghisgandhi
he's just asking for advice. there's no doomsday device in place to bind him to the result of the poll

Right, but it's still senseless to ask us. Only he can figure this out. We can tell him to do option A because of reasons A, B, and C, or option X for reasons Y, and Z, but only he can figure what will fulfill his needs.
#12
Quote by JackWhiteIsButts
You're probably not smart enough to do anything with neuroscience and you'd need to get a masters or phd to do anything with it

You're probably qualified and informed enough to tell how "smart" I am.
Quote by chrismendiola
You should definitely let a bunch of strangers decide a decision that will impact the rest of your life. I'm excited for the next thread that asks us to choose your life partner, and the following one on whether or not you should have kids.

Has the pit always been this rude? Or is this why I don't make posts anymore..

Anywho, thanks for all the other positive responses.
#13
no, we're great people

except for that asshole
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#14
Quote by genghisgandhi
more money to be made in economics if you're smart/ambition and you said yourself it's easy. the choice seems obvious.

but neuro's so interesting tho..
I should also mention I plan on going to grad school for either major to those who said undergrad econ is irrelevant...which you're right about it's pretty damn irrelevant
#16
Quote by stratdud39
but neuro's so interesting tho..
I should also mention I plan on going to grad school for either major to those who said undergrad econ is irrelevant...which you're right about it's pretty damn irrelevant

Undergrad almost anything is irrelevant nowadays
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#17
Quote by stratdud39
Has the pit always been this rude? Or is this why I don't make posts anymore..

Anywho, thanks for all the other positive responses.

If you want a less snarky and more pedantic answer...

As a fellow psychology major, remember that our experiences and frames of reference are completely different to yours. We can't give you an objective answer, or even one that would be ideal for you, because we don't know what you'll enjoy most. For example, I, too, am an aspiring neuroscientist (perhaps medical doctor, I'll see) and I hate financing/economics/business/etc. I'd be keen to tell you to choose neuroscience.

Interestingly enough, you gave us a lot of reasons to switch to economics and only one to stick to neuroscience. However, your reasons tell us that though right now neuroscience requires more effort from you now, you're more interested in it.

Now, this isn't a suggestion to take one or the other. The only correct answer is to advise you to not ask other people and have you figure it out for yourself.
#18
Quote by chrismendiola
As a fellow psychology major, remember that our experiences and frames of reference are completely different to yours.

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#19
I think too many people use grad school as a crutch for undergrad. You definitely can make something out of a basic economics or neuroscience degree. Be your best at whatever you choose to do and that's really all that matters. Your best may or may not include grad school. If you already know you want to pursue further studies in either subject, that's great. But it's a bad idea to do it if you just want to fill out your resume with it because you can get to a similar position in the same amount of time unless technical knowledge is required. Also consider the education bubble.
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#20
Quote by Eastwinn
undergraduate economics is, for the most part, capitalist indoctrination and liberal circle jerks. if you're smart/ambitious you'll avoid such an intellectual rectum. the choice seems obvious.

if yr smart/ambitious you'll get the qualifications to get paid and get out of a system designed to bleed you out of money. intellectual rectum, university in general is a festering wound.
#21
you will be more use to the world going neuro.

Quote by Neo Evil11
This. Undergraduate economics teaches stuff that hasn't been taken serious for half a century. Go neuroscience. you can always go back to economics in the master phase.



also yup to you and eastwinn. I avoided economics modules on my mgmt sci course cause they were teaching dumb stuff and then was pretty annoyed when I realised in third year that you just had to wait till masters level to get to the decent stuff. same thing with strategy and analysis stuff that was on the majority of my course, going off the impression I got in the last few modules, most of the valuable stuff was at masters level.

generally what is taught at undergrad level for most places in social sciences is obvious and just memorising the correct way to lay it out for tests. at least with neuroscience you are learning some knowledge you probably wouldn't pick up to some extent otherwise.


edit: read the posts properly. while it's great you find neuroscience interesting, seem like you are going to hate doing all the work required for it. economics has more job options so less constrained in what you end up doing but neuroscience it will probably be a lot easier to find work due to it being more specialised.

I can't say what you should do but if I was making that decision and was taking a reasonably objective look at it, I'd go for neuroscience if I really saw myself working in that role and making a long term career in that field. I'd go for economics if I wasn't sure where I wanted to end up yet or saw myself changing careers a bit.
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#22
Quote by Thrashtastic15
if yr smart/ambitious you'll get the qualifications to get paid and get out of a system designed to bleed you out of money. intellectual rectum, university in general is a festering wound.


such is life in capitalist rectum
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#24
Quote by caeser1156
Undergrad almost anything is irrelevant nowadays

I disagree. I had a very fruitful experience as an undergrad psychology major. Then again, I made it a point to take all the "advanced" classes, studied abroad, and picked up research opportunities along the way. It all depends how you spend your time as an undergrad and what you make of it.

Anyways, on topic, I say neuroscience. Why? Because that is the field I am in and it's the best field there is (totally not biased here). For real, though, you think it's interesting now? Just wait until you get deep into it. It only gets more and more interesting. Do it.
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#26
Quote by yellowfrizbee
I disagree. I had a very fruitful experience as an undergrad psychology major. Then again, I made it a point to take all the "advanced" classes, studied abroad, and picked up research opportunities along the way. It all depends how you spend your time as an undergrad and what you make of it.

I meant in terms of getting a career not in terms of having a good education. I'm a psych major and I learn tons of new things all the time from my classes and love doing research. That being said without a graduate degree there's no way in hell I can get a job in my field.

EDIT: I see you're from Florida. Where did you go to school? If you don't mind me asking.
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#29
Quote by caeser1156
I meant in terms of getting a career not in terms of having a good education. I'm a psych major and I learn tons of new things all the time from my classes and love doing research. That being said without a graduate degree there's no way in hell I can get a job in my field.

EDIT: I see you're from Florida. Where did you go to school? If you don't mind me asking.

Yeah, I understand you now. From that perspective, I definitely agree.

I've done semesters at a number of universities, but currently I am at University of Central Florida! So far it has been my favorite University out of all the colleges I have tried. Are you studying in Florida, too?

Also, high five for being students of Psychology
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#30
Quote by yellowfrizbee
Yeah, I understand you now. From that perspective, I definitely agree.

I've done semesters at a number of universities, but currently I am at University of Central Florida! So far it has been my favorite University out of all the colleges I have tried. Are you studying in Florida, too?

Also, high five for being students of Psychology



That's cool that you go to UCF. And yeah, I do study in Florida. I'm right down the highway from you at USF.
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#32
Quote by Godsmack_IV
Economics because capitalism loves to fester in its own pile of shit; you'll be more broadly employable.

Brilliant.
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#33
i really enjoy the direction of this thread
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#35
Dude, asking an internet forum for advice on something like your major is a terrible idea. Take classes in both and pick after a semester or two. The last thing you want is the biases and opinions of a forum to make you make a decision you regret in five years.
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#36
Quote by necrosis1193
Dude, asking an internet forum for advice on something like your major is a terrible idea. Take classes in both and pick after a semester or two. The last thing you want is the biases and opinions of a forum to make you make a decision you regret in five years.



Are you implying that none of our opinions are valid? HOW DARE YOU!
#37
Quote by necrosis1193
Dude, asking an internet forum for advice on something like your major is a terrible idea. Take classes in both and pick after a semester or two. The last thing you want is the biases and opinions of a forum to make you make a decision you regret in five years.

I'm just curious about the pits opinions bran
#38
if you have to ask what you want to major in then take it slow and don't rush into school until you really know what you're about
Quote by stratdud39
neuroscience is more interesting.
this is the only important part of your post.
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However, if i do neuroscience i have a ****ton of shitty requirements like chemistry, physics, and calculus. I'm in chem right now and it ****ing sucks dick.
quit being a punk and bust ass at it.
Quote by stratdud39
Econ I just have to take one semester of basically dumbed down calculus.
it's also worthless
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I also want to be able to play my guitar consistently and have a band and shit. I'm in boston so there's a lot of places to play around. Econ would give me a lot more time to do so..
**** all of that. your hobbies shouldn't hinder your future.

when i was a freshman i majored in finance as opposed to anything scientific because i didn't want to work hard and i wanted a bunch of spare time to play guitar.

three years into my degree i quit business school because it was so miserably uninteresting. not only that, it also propagated my shit work ethic because i never really had a need to push myself.

when i started studying science i found myself enjoying the long hours i put in to passing every class.

my cousin majored in economics. now he's changing his degree plan because he knows it's worthless.
#39
If chem right now sucks that much, it's only going to get a whole lot worse. There's still money to be made with econ and it's easier.
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#40
Quote by Amuro Jay
it's also worthless

Not to say he should choose economics, but economists have some of the highest rates of employment and a decent salary after graduating. it's not exactly a philosophy kind of course.
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