Pursuing a MS in Biology in health related fields

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Pursuing a MS in Biology in health related fields

Post by SFT » Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:49 am

- Graduated with BS in Exercise Science
- Anatomy and Phys. (1 year), Chemistry (1 year), Biology (1 year), Physics (1 semester)
- Also Phys. of Exercise, Metabolic Adaptations to Exercise, etc. - basically courses that I don't think matter
- Work as strength and conditioning coach - training athletes, everyday people, etc.
- Potentially interested in research or teaching down the road, not ruling it out

I am looking for guidance from anyone who might be of some help. I will try to make this as brief as possible. Currently I am working as a strength and conditioning coach. I have most recently become a bit of a science geek once I went out into the field and gained some perspective.

I'm at the point now where I'd like to pursue a MS in a related field. Exercise science left a bad taste in my mouth because I felt like it was too specific and we were not as well versed as biology majors. In addition to this, most of the other classes had limited carryover to my current profession. I have found that the more "general" science courses I take now that I'm in the field, the easier it is to dismiss many of the myths and misconceptions in my field.

I am mainly looking at either an MS in Biology or Applied Anatomy and Physiology. There are numerous schools offering the Biology degree in my area (Boston, MA), but only one offering the degree in AAP.

Basically what I'm asking is has anyone come from a limited background in Biology and had success with a Master's in the field?

Does it make sense to anyone else that attempting to take a good deal of general science courses (biochemistry, neuroanatomy/biology, genetics etc.) would be beneficial to someone in the fitness field?

My idea was hopefully taking as many of these classes that I'm deficient in for graduate credit as possible. At one particular school I saw that they expected you to take biochemistry for graduate credit, as well as other electives that you choose.

In line with my interests in strength and conditioning, I would likely try to get involved in research with adaptations to sports, training, exercise, etc.

Thank you.

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