I’ve now seen quite a few cases of how most bioinformatics undergraduate students choose their non-core elective courses. The general trend seems to be to “follow the seniors’ advice” by taking soft courses – that is, those that generally require memorisation and regurgitation of facts. Since the A grade is highly inflated in such courses, they are bound to get one. This makes the CGPA look good.
The students could do themselves a favour by thinking about two issues:
1. Am I in university to learn new things, or to get a nice CGPA?
2. Is the non-core course that I choose to take going to help me understand my core subjects better?
In a fast-changing world, the skills that matter most are those that are transferable, i.e. quantitative skills. To do this you need to learn more mathematics and statistics. A university education is like a journey to build self-confidence. When you take “difficult” courses and succeed, you become more sure of your intellectual capacity for handling unfamiliar situations (which are abundant nowadays). Oozing confidence helps you get jobs.