« on: July 13, 2006, 07:20:44 PM »
How do concentrations (or even minors) figure into employment for patent law? For example, let's say I wanted to have a field of study in biophysics, but the major isn't there (or I don't want to do the major). If decided to major in biochemistry and molecular biology at a college like Wesleyan and pursue their program with certification in molecular biophysics, would that stand out for employment? Are you allowed to make your academic expertise shine on your own unique level, or are you defined by your major (example - you major in physics but concentrate your studies in biophysics. would an employer simply look at you as a physics major or would they see that biophysics is what your real interest is?)? One thing that I'd be nervous about is if they really only looked at your major even if you did biophysics studies. For example, in doing biophysics studies/concentrations, I'd probably be interested in employment dealing with drugs, medicine, proteins, etc., yet if they only looked at me as a physics major, could I get stuck with a job without any biology aspects? Yes, I know that it was stated that fine points/details between majors doesn't matter, but that's for biochemistry and biophysics, which I think have a little more in common than just biophysics and physics, since the former is more interdisciplinary.