Today, when it comes to choosing a course to study after 12th, more than half the students willeither pick engineering or MBBS. Both these courses have seen a great boom in the recent years. Stiff competition with limited seats in good colleges and ever increasing number of applicants has also seen an increase in the top engineering colleges in India. This raises an inevitable question that - 'Has BSc. (Bachelor of Science) lost its sheen?'
Well, I don't really think so. Many studentsstill opt for a BSc course from a good university rather than studying Engineering or MBBS at an average college. Studying BSc has benefits of its own; the only problem being that the course is not much advertised by schools. Students are unaware of the career prospects after a BSc degree and many of them feel the course has nothing to offer. It's because of these misconceptions that the course's image has suffered in recent times.
What does a BSc course imply?
BSc is a graduate-level course in science related subjects. The students can choose between plain BSc or a BSc (Hons.) course. Those interested in fields of computers and Information technology can opt for BSc (Computer Science/IT).
The traditional BSc courses include subjects like PCM, physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, zoology, statistics and home science to name a few.
The professional BSc. courses cover more job oriented subjects like agriculture, animation, aquaculture, biochemistry, bioinformatics, genetics, computer science, fashion technology, electronics, multimedia, physiotherapy, psychology and many others.
Let's look at some of the benefits of pursuing a BSc course in college -
Benefits of Studying BSc in College
Government funded scholarships are being offered to bright students opting for BSc courses. The perks of these scholarships include lucrative offers such as covering entire studying expenses that the student faces while pursuing the course. Some of these scholarships also cover expenses related to MSc if the student decides to opt it for higher education.
Employment Opportunities in Research and Development Fields
The best part of pursuing a degree in BSc is great employment opportunities in the field of research and development sector. Strengthening the R&D sector in India is one of the main reasons behind the government offering such lucrative scholarships to BSc graduates. What better career can a science student have than becoming a scientist? And with the government taking a keen interest in developing the R&D sector students can rest assured that they will have a promising and rewarding career in the field.
Free To Explore Fields Other Than Science
Like the students form any other academic courses, BSc graduates also have great employment opportunities. BSc students are not only restricted to field of science-related jobs andthey have the flexibility to explore other fields like that of management, engineering, law etc both for higher education and employment opportunities.
Employment Sectors for BSc Graduates
Some of the popular employment areas for BSc graduates are as follows -
• Educational Institutes
• Space Research Institutes
• Health Care Providers
• Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Industry
• Chemical Industry
• Environmental Management and Conservation
• Forensic Crime Research
• Research Firms
• Testing Laboratories
• Geological Survey Departments
• Wastewater Plants
• Forest Services
• Oil Industry
Popular Job Profiles for BSc Graduates
Some of the popular job profiles among the students pursuing BSc courses are as follows -
• Scientific Assistant
• Research analyst
• Technical Writer/Editor
• Clinical Research Manager
Although the benefits of BSc are many, most students are not aware about them. It's important for parents and teachers to educate students about the prospects of all courses they can pursue in the subject of their choice. For the students looking at careers in scientific research fields, BSc courses are the best shot at it. Moreover, BSc in India is of 3-year duration and saves the students a year or two as compared to other professional courses.