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UTSC Co-op neuroscience or non-coop?

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I was admitted into the co-op neuroscience program, however it is a specialist degree and the requires that I take biology, chemistry, psychology, and half credits in calculus and physics. It's not that I can't do calculus and physics, I have taken it in highschool, but this route only leaves me with 2 elective options first year. Which is ridiculous for a person who has likes in all different fields.

I can take the non Co-op route and do a major in neuroscience, which only requires the bio, chem, and psyc. I would probably take math too, maybe second year or in the summer if I find that I want to do a major in human biology instead...

But I feel weird, because everyone wants to get into co-op and i want to get out... What should I do?
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I think co-op is huge, especially when you're in a field that may not be immediately employable. Getting some work experience will make a huge difference to the value of your degree, much more so than 1 extra elective. 2 electives in first year is plenty. I got 2 electives in my entire degree
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I agree with ktel. Co-op is invaluable. Some programs (like ktel's) have very few electives to begin with. My program only had two electives (one per semester) in first year, and in second year I have absolutely no electives (I have a "restricted" elective, which means it has to be a course from a short list of acceptable courses).

You can always take an elective via distance ed. during your co-op terms, if you want to explore other courses. Or heck, even after you graduate, you can take elective courses as a special student, or post-degree student.

I know someone who graduated from Guelph with a degree in biological engineering, but who took a bunch of courses via distance ed, after graduating, purely for interest's sake.
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The problem is, I'm not even sure I want to do science. I am pretty good at most fields. Love history, English, politics. And judging by my highschool grades and what teachers have told me, I'm pretty good in these subjects. Science teachers rarely acknowledge me, and I'm pretty average in such classes. First year I want to experiment...and I feel like taking 2 arts based courses is very little when in my final year of school I took 4 arts based courses...

Is it still a bad decision it get out of co-op?
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You can always take physics and calculus next year, since they aren't prerequisites for any higher year subjects you would have to take... this gives you 2 more electives to take and you can still stay in coop.
However, if you aren't that interested in science, why are you in this program? It's very difficult studying something you don't like, and you won't be getting that many electives in your later years either.
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