Originally Posted by rumbletime
Why would one be much better off in this case? If a life sci/bio student does the same work, thesis, etc., how does the spec make a difference?
Thanks so much
Most specializations have lab-specific courses and learn material much more "specialized", which is what you would expect. I know many profs who prefer to take students in more specialized programs because these come with more lab experience, and will take a student in, say, biochemistry over one in life sci or health sci.
That said, it's not absolutely necessary, if you work in a lab for many summers and do a thesis and whatnot, you will probably be able to find a prof to take you on for grad school, however someone in a specialization will have an advantage over you, since they probably also worked in labs and did a thesis.