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the future of the PhD

Question asked by Amelia Peterson on Aug 25, 2009
Latest reply on Aug 31, 2009 by Bryan Balazs

As chemistry and the other science disciplines become more interdisciplinary and research often no long fits into neat boxes that we can label as "analytical chemistry", "physics", "molecular biology", etc., it seems odd to me to recieve a PhD in chemistry for research that spans the disciplines of computer science-molecular biology-physical chemistry-spectroscopy-analytical chemistry-(I could go on).  It would be more appropriate to recieve a PhD in science it seems, but odd too to describe increasingly focused detailed research in even more general terms. 


Does what you recieve your PhD in really matter any more? Should it be generalized to just science?  Why or why not?