來自 Hong Kong
Sharing from an evolutionary biology student|
Hello guys. Recently I am transferred in University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for my Evolution, Ecology and Behavior major. As I know a lot of young student here want to be a paleontologist or evolutionary biologist, I would love to share my experience for classes, researches and also information that I know for assist you guys to consider the major.
Nowadays, paleontology is normally a discipline for evolutionary biology or planetary science course. The use of paleontology is to serve as a dating method in dating the earth's formation and a study to understand the course of evolution in biological approach. Since the major or the concentration is outdated, aspiration student to be will either major in planetary science related major or biological science related major and go to graduate school afterward. As an undergraduate student, it is advised to take as much geology and biology course as you can to understand the basics such as datings and molecular clock. After graduate from bachelor you could apply for graduate school for the related field that you are interested. Since only 6901 offers the similar courses in Hong Kong, I think bachelor of science of HKU is the only opportunity that can help you to enter the field in Hong Kong. Afterward, you could consider apply school outside HK for the graduate studies ( unlike undergraduate, graduate schools oversea normally offers scholarships or even "hire" graduate students into their department to assist their researches).
I would love to answer question here if you have any further question about how to become a paleontologist/ evolutionary biologist. However, since the workload of my college, I might not able to come to here oftenly and it might take me awhile to reach you. And I can probably able to anwser any questions during the weekend.
P.S. I could share my lecture notes for the history of life course if you want. However, since the file of each lecture is pretty large, I could only send it by email and you could always message me your email if you want the lecture notes.