I have been attending college part-time for several years, working toward my AA in Liberal Arts and Sciences with intentions to later continue for a bachelor's degree. I want to take advantage of the opportunity of being moderately early in my credits to decide on a wise path for myself. I have several interests but, for a primary career that is flexible and interesting, I have been leaning toward possibly freelance informal science education, which could involve illustration, photography, writing, research, and other means; it does not need to be only education, though. I want to allow myself to explore and consider many career options up the road.
It seems to me that thorough education in the sciences would be beneficial. Part of my reasoning is that it interests me, it could be related to a variety of professional ideas that I have considered, there is always a need for it, and science-related professions (among my varied interests) would likely require the most training if I am to be involved in them.
My main point for approaching you with this is that I would appreciate any insight -- particularly from those who have professions similar to what I am considering -- into whether a BS in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences is as useful as it seems to be. The one that I have found nearby introduces physics, biology, chemistry, geology, and mathematics (mostly calculus); then, three of those areas are chosen by the student for more advanced courses.
I have asked advisors and researched on-line about the usefulness of such a degree, but I am finding little consistency or thorough help. I know to approach individual employers or visit their websites for particular job qualifications (which I have been doing), and learn from professionals in the fields that interest me how to pursue those paths (some of which I have found on-line). This is why I am asking you.
I am not sure whether general training in science is too broad for pursuing a desirable career but, as I said, I would like some options and variety (possibly not much of a single field of science). I wonder if choosing a specific field of science or a minor might help; although, I am basically self-taught with some skills (such as drawing, photography, and writing), and I want to use my college courses to develop required yet insufficient knowledge that is difficult to learn without college training.
I apologize for the length of this; I just thought that I needed to explain the gist of my situation and ruminations. Thank you very much for any help you can offer. Take care.
~ Kelly Michelle McMorrow-Hernandez