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Bioengineering vs. Genetic engineering

Postby CXCR4 » Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:12 am

Hello everyone I hope your Christmas was a blast, as for me I have been doing well. I just wanted to ask a quick question. Now I know that both of these fields over lap but I am more in love with Genetics.

So I just wanted to get an opinion from some scholars who have been in this field of business. I have planned already to go into my bachelors program. The field of my choice has been Biochemistry , but I am beginning to become ambiguious because I know bioengineering over laps with Genetics. Also within the Bioengineering Courses there are more classes which cover almost every field of science.

I am sure Genetic engineering is just as powerful in knowledge if not it is more in depth. Since genes and chromosomes are the founder of things, as well as microbes. So I believe my choice should be Genetic engineering. But I would like to hear from the ones who are already in this field of study, or at Graduate levels dealing with similar studies.

The problem is I am not sure if I should take the BS in Biochemistry or the BS in Bioengineering and then move on to Genetic engineering. Know matter What Genetic Engineering is the choice for Masters baby.

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Postby kolean » Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:49 pm

I think it matters what you want to do, in your work. You say you fell in love with Genetics (probaly had a great teacher and everything just clicked in your thinking process - at least this was my experience). Keep going. Take more courses in what you want to do. More knowledge and more skills in the lab will take you where you want to go.
I will also suggest independent studying on your part. Read an article on something that interests you. See what labs are working on what you want to study (or shall I say genetically engineered) by reading their publications. Then figure out what you need to learn, and take that class. I received my BS degree in Biochemistry, but I had taken many genetics, molecular biology, immunology, histology, and cell biology courses, to help me gain knowledge for my pursuit.
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Postby CXCR4 » Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:18 pm

Thank you I appricate your opinion to this topic. I was thinking about what program to pursue this whole Christmas break. I mean right now I am in a BS for science program. It's not what I want so I am just building credits. The only thing at my school close enough to biochemistry is nursing and Pharmacy classes.
Therefore I have finally decided to go to UIC or perhaps USC and they are offering BS classes in Biochemistry, immunology, and Chemistry.
So you are saying go where my heart is telling me which I already know. Its just I dont want to take any classes which will waste my time as well as not transfer over to the next school.
I like Biochemistry as well it helps for one to know about the structure of cells, proteins, DNA, and how to synthesis them lol.
So now I know biochemist work with Genetic engineers as well. It is up to me to find out about more classes, lab work, and courses that are offered to become a scholar or junior scientist.
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Re: Bioengineering vs. Genetic engineering

Postby kolean » Fri Jan 01, 2010 7:04 pm

CXCR4 wrote: Its just I dont want to take any classes which will waste my time as well as not transfer over to the next school.

Umm, yeah, any school pretty much is going to make you take courses that you feel is a waste of time and money (ahem: humanities) in order for you to get a BS degree. You will have to put up with those courses to get the BS degree. It is when you start thinking of Graduate School that you can start to narrow your focus of where you want to apply yourself.
CXCR4 wrote:biochemist work with Genetic engineers

You do not have to be two seperate things. A biochemist can work on a genetic engineering project. Biochemists have more laboratory skills to help look at the project in a different way. Just as an immunologist (or a person who has immunological lab skills) can help it a different way. If you want to pursue the engineering angle, lab skills will be most important. Look for a school who has a good lab reputation (which usually goes with good research).
You want to have genetic engineering skills also, but that limits you to only sequencing DNA. Would you also like to look at the proteins that take the DNA and perform functions? Manipulate the DNA with proteins? And whose DNA do you want to work with? Human? Bacteria? Plants? Design plasmids? or Stem Cell therapy? I worked with a prof that was making a plasmid vector vaccine for humans. I had to know about immunology, parasitology, genetic engineering, human physiology, cell culture techniques, and microbiology. I would definitely pick a school that can offer you a wide selection of science courses.
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Postby CXCR4 » Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:12 am

Thank You and Happy Neu Year!
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Re: Bioengineering vs. Genetic engineering

Postby NouranOsama » Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:07 pm

I am a dentistry student and I have just finished ,, and I am waiting to receive my internship ,, Genetic Engineering has always been my dream since I was in high school ,, could I have a masters degree in it ??
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Re: Bioengineering vs. Genetic engineering

Postby Amphibitile » Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:08 pm

NouranOsama wrote:I am a dentistry student and I have just finished ,, and I am waiting to receive my internship ,, Genetic Engineering has always been my dream since I was in high school ,, could I have a masters degree in it ??


As far as I am aware you can, degrees tend not to hinder your field when you specialise later on however you must be able to show you have adequate knowledge and the required skills in the field. I believe it changes from country to country, for example I have studied Marine Biology yet I am doing a Masters degree in Plant biology.
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Re: Bioengineering vs. Genetic engineering

Postby NouranOsama » Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:14 pm

Do you recommend certain colleges in Germany or in the USA where I can apply for the masters degree ??
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