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What should I do for my associates?

Hi, I'm currently in my first week of college and I'm getting my associates in humanities. I really want this degree but I have figured out that I want to be a shark scientist. To do this my major(for my bachelor) would have to be in marine biology, biology, or oceanography. So should I change my associate to biology or should I get this degree and transfer to a four year into something completely different??

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Dexter’s Answer

Hi Morgan,
I agree I would change your major as it is not going to put any more time on you.
Good luck I hope this helps.
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Sherrie’s Answer

Hi Morgan,

If you can change your major to Biology without adding more time to your target graduation date do so, but still go ahead and finish your Associate's Degree first. Even if you can't change your major at this point, if you can do electives in marine biology or related area, take some classes. If you live near a 4 year university with a marine biology/oceanography program reach out to professors to see if maybe you an get a job/internship in a research lab now even while you're completing your AA degree. This will help you with you transition to a Bachelor's program. I encourage you to do your AA first though, because it may provide you with more options for earning an income while you're finishing your BS degree. I definitely encourage you to get a job in the field if you have a zoo, aquarium or other related agency in your local area (or if you can relocate for the right job).

Good Luck!
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Mark’s Answer

Hi Morgan
So changing your major is probably the most sensible route. I first would encourage you to speak with your academic advising and see what type of impact changing your major would have in terms of how long it will take you to complete, which of the classes you have already taken will count towards the new degree program, etc. Some community colleges have transfer agreements with four year universities so add that to the discussion with the academic advisor.
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