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Is this a good subject selection for medicine/engineering?
I’m in yr 11 btw
3u math
2u english
Chemistry
Biology
Physics
Engineering studies
 

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Is this a good subject selection for medicine/engineering?
I’m in yr 11 btw
3u math
2u english
Chemistry
Biology
Physics
Engineering studies
I mean yeah I guess.

The presumed knowledge for engineering is Maths Ext 1 and Physics and I think its mandatory for medicine to undertake chemistry so as long as you have Ext 1, Physics, Chemistry I assume you should be fine.

Just keep in mind that triple sciences is generally considered challenging since there's 3 depth studies but imo if you have good organisational skills you should be fine (from what I've heard from people who did the sciences).
 

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Should I keep biology? Coz I really like biology but don’t like physics or chemistry but I have to do them because of prerequisites.
 

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If you're prioritising med, then I'd recommend keeping Chemistry. Chemistry is also a 'recommended study' or 'assumed knowledge' or even a prereq in plenty of engineering streams as well, from what I've been reading from a Year 10 UAC booklet I received last year. And if you are prioritising medicine over engineering, I would also suggest you keep Biology -- you said you really like it, so it's really a no-brainer to keep over Physics, in my opinion.

Also, genuine question, why are you considering engineering despite not liking physics or chemistry? I could be wrong, but it suggests to me that even if you make it into engineering, if you don't like physics or chemistry (two courses that are either prereqs, assumed knowledge or recommended studies in engineering) that you may not enjoy the course.

(It also might be too soon, since it's only the start of the year, but I also could say just try each three sciences out, track your grades in each of them and how much you enjoy each subject, then make a more knowledgeable choice at the end of the year when it's time to drop down)
 

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Ye ok. I’m trying to get into something bio-related, preferably with biotechnology such as biomedical engineering
 

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If you're prioritising med, then I'd recommend keeping Chemistry. Chemistry is also a 'recommended study' or 'assumed knowledge' or even a prereq in plenty of engineering streams as well, from what I've been reading from a Year 10 UAC booklet I received last year. And if you are prioritising medicine over engineering, I would also suggest you keep Biology -- you said you really like it, so it's really a no-brainer to keep over Physics, in my opinion.

Also, genuine question, why are you considering engineering despite not liking physics or chemistry? I could be wrong, but it suggests to me that even if you make it into engineering, if you don't like physics or chemistry (two courses that are either prereqs, assumed knowledge or recommended studies in engineering) that you may not enjoy the course.

(It also might be too soon, since it's only the start of the year, but I also could say just try each three sciences out, track your grades in each of them and how much you enjoy each subject, then make a more knowledgeable choice at the end of the year when it's time to drop down)
Just a minor note.

Although a typical engineer will have knowledge of physic and chemistry a software engineer, IT engineer etc will not require much chemistry or physic.

For the IT-related engineering degree I have taken I have only required 1 physics course and no chemistry course.
 

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Ye ok. I’m trying to get into something bio-related, preferably with biotechnology such as biomedical engineering
If you want a more clarity than the entry requirements, Isuggest you go on the university's page and go to the degrees you're interested in and check out the handbook, it should cover the units. It should give you a sense of whats going to be in the course and you can see which subjects are more prevalent than others.

e.g
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Source: https://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/undergraduate/specialisations/2022/BINFAH
 

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