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Is biology a difficult major or not?

Topic: Choosing a Major | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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To give you a simple answer, yes, biology is a difficult major. For biology classes you not only have to memorize tons of material, but you also need to know how to apply that material to different situations. Many people think that biology is all memorization, but at a college level, this is just not the case. Most biology majors require you to take a variety of upper level classes that range from ecology to cell biology and genetics. Be prepared for very technical material and lot's of hard work. Biology is a very good major, but it is in no way easy.

Answered by: Keepsmiling F. | almost 4 years ago
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It depends on your definition of difficult. What's difficult for one might not be difficult for another. If you did well in biology in high school and enjoyed it, it won't be that difficult. However, if you hate everything about natural sciences then biology isn't for you. The major is only as difficult as you make it.

Answered by: Bluejay K. | almost 4 years ago
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Biology can be difficult, but it's the most contextual of all the sciences. We all have a body, and the study of biology is the study of processes that most of us go through, so it's easy to understand why you are learning certain principles, rather than isolated equations. It's much easier to relate to than other subjects.

Answered by: Julia Jolie Y. | almost 4 years ago
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Yes, it is difficult. A lot of people say it is a lot of memorization. Although this is true, it is also very important to understand the factors that bring about the pathways studied within Biology. In this way, you not only have to "memorize," but you will also have to use your understanding to formulate or solve problems in hypothetical situations. The hardest thing in your first class may just be getting used to the terminology; afterall, biology terms are not used in everyday language.

Answered by: Nobody A. | about 2 years ago
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You know questions are always ask if this major hard or too easy and so forth. The question you should ask yourself is, do you have the desire and motivation to learn biology? Do you think you can do this for a career? Are you just taking a gamble and choosing something for the meanwhile? Biology and other major can be easy if you put in work and the desire for the subject.

Answered by: D Williams1978 F. | over 3 years ago
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I was a biology major, and yes it can be extremely difficult the further you get into it. This can be even harder if you aren't a fan of biology. Certain classes like Human anatomy can be very detailed and in depth. I love biology so I never minded the difficulty of Biology.

Answered by: Jon H. | almost 4 years ago
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Biology majors have the difficult task of memorizing lists of complicated species and biological processes, and can in fact be a difficult major in general. However, if biology is your passion then the work will be worth it for you. Never avoid a major simply because it is difficult, instead put in the necessary amount of effort and you will see the rewards.

Answered by: Paris587 U. | almost 4 years ago
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Biology can be difficult, but it's the most contextual of all the sciences. We all have a body, and the study of biology is the study of processes that most of us go through, so it's easy to understand why you are learning certain principles, rather than isolated equations. It's much easier to relate to than other subjects.

Answered by: Julia Jolie Y. | almost 4 years ago
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Biology can be very difficult. It depends on your personality. If you like memorizing specific names then you may like biology. If you don't then it could be a problem. A biology major can be very rewarding as most difficult things are. Just keep your eyes on the prize.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | over 3 years ago
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Yes, it is difficult. I love science and I excel at it. But, majoring in biology or any of the sciences for that matter is difficult. It will take more time studying and require labs. But, if you love science, it is 100% completely worth it. Be committed and manage your time well, and you will succeed.

Answered by: Upallnight I. | almost 4 years ago
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Biology can be a difficult major, but it depends on your preference. If you're really into biology and other sciences than go for it. However, if you tend to struggle with science classes and things in a lab setting then biology is not the major for you.

Answered by: Jaybirdblue P. | almost 4 years ago
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This depends on what your aptitudes are. If you are naturally inclined to the sciences, you may not find a biology major to be all that hard. How did you do in your high school biology class? You can use this as a gauge.

Answered by: Iamerica N. | almost 4 years ago
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If you are not good at math, following/detecting patterns, or science then biology will most likely be a difficult major for you. Biology also requires patience, though it is very fun to run experiments. Also, you must not be afraid of disecting things, doing lots of math, and messing with chemistry.

Answered by: Mayell U. | almost 4 years ago
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This really depends on your background in science and what school you plan on attending. If you took a lot of science in high school and have good reasoning skills, you will probably be able to major in biology without ripping your hair out. If you are not strong in science, however, you will probably find it a very difficult major because you will be required to take not only biology courses, but courses in chemistry and physics as well. Keep in mind that no science major is ever particularly easy. I was a double major in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences as an undergraduate, and though I did very well, I did work hard for my degrees. You will work hard as a science major, but the payoff is that you will graduate with a well deserved and marketable degree.

Answered by: Collegegrad10 I. | almost 4 years ago
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Yes, Biology is a very difficult major. In fact, one of the first Biology classes you will take will most likely be your toughest because this class is used to weed out those who are serious about their major and those who are not. Major studying will be required for this major.

Answered by: Biological Z. | almost 4 years ago
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I am currently a biology major at University of Georgia. It is an interesting major for anyone interested in the subject. It is tough as such classes like Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry are required to graduate. If you love the subject though, you will look as these classes not as an obstacle but something fun. I have enjoyed all three years of my biology classes. Research is also an important experience that you should not miss.

Answered by: Babagday B. | almost 4 years ago
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In my opinion, I believe biology is a very difficult major because of the coursework required. Typically, biology majors are required to take two semesters of intro biology in their first year. They are also required to take other biology courses that are far narrower in their scope. I would only suggest becoming a biology major if you find biology easy or extremely interesting. Biology majors also have to devote a lot of time in the lab, which can take away from other classes. Biology can open your eyes to the world around but requires extreme effort and devotion.

Answered by: Mattwrt Z. | almost 4 years ago
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Biology is a very difficult major. One of the first Biology classes you must take is perhaps one of the toughest because they use it to see who is serious about majoring in Biology and who is not. If you can stay on top of your studies, then you should have no problem.

Answered by: Lady Luck O. | almost 4 years ago
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It depends on your interest in biology. If you are not interested in your major you will not be successful. If you did well in past biology classes and enjoyed it, then it probably will not be terribly difficult. All majors will have some difficult classes. If having a degree was easy, then everyone would have one.

Answered by: Allgrowdup O. | almost 4 years ago
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Many of the sciences are challenging majors, but do not let this stop you. If you can get through the challenge of the sciences you can get a very good job. Many people go into bio for the money it can give you but trust me if you don't like it you will be miserable.

Answered by: Candy Z. | almost 4 years ago
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Biology is a very difficult major. All science majors require a lot of work and a good level of understanding. A biology major will require courses in many different sciences, including chemistry, so to pursue this line you should be very good at math. Expect to work hard if you want to be a biology major.

Answered by: Nicsmom A. | almost 4 years ago
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Yes. Biology, along with all the other physical sciences, is a very challenging major. You should be prepared to study a lot and to do a lot of homework and papers. You will be in class with a lot of serious students who are heading for medical school and other science related careers.

Answered by: Ralloh X. | almost 4 years ago
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It all depends on how you look at it. Majoring in Biology is difficult, but if science is what you love it is worth it. Majoring in biology can be as hard as you make it. Many bio majors like myself are pre-meds. Pre-med students are very competitive when it comes to grades, making curves on tests virtually non-existent.

Answered by: Jen B. | almost 4 years ago
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It all depends on how good you ar ein science classes. If you flunked high school biology, then it might not make a good major for you. I was horrible in high school science classes, but then was forced to take countless biology and chemistry classes because I wanted to get into vet school. Put forth the effort and you will succeed.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | almost 4 years ago
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Biology is a very difficult major. One of the first Biology classes you must take is perhaps one of the toughest because they use it to see who is serious about majoring in Biology and who is not. If you can stay on top of your studies, then you should have no problem.

Answered by: Lady Luck O. | almost 4 years ago
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It depends on your interest in biology. If you are not interested in your major you will not be successful. If you did well in past biology classes and enjoyed it, then it probably will not be terribly difficult. All majors will have some difficult classes. If having a degree was easy, then everyone would have one.

Answered by: Allgrowdup O. | almost 4 years ago
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Well, it depends purely on your interests. In general, it is hard but if you love the subject, it would not be. If you have some related background in biology, it would be easier for you. It is purely a subjective term, so pursue your interests without worrying.

Answered by: Sandra P. | almost 4 years ago
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Many of the sciences are challenging majors, but do not let this stop you. If you can get through the challenge of the sciences you can get a very good job. Many people go into bio for the money it can give you but trust me if you don't like it you will be miserable.

Answered by: Candy Z. | almost 4 years ago
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Biology is a very difficult major. All science majors require a lot of work and a good level of understanding. A biology major will require courses in many different sciences, including chemistry, so to pursue this line you should be very good at math. Expect to work hard if you want to be a biology major.

Answered by: Nicsmom A. | almost 4 years ago
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Yes. Biology, along with all the other physical sciences, is a very challenging major. You should be prepared to study a lot and to do a lot of homework and papers. You will be in class with a lot of serious students who are heading for medical school and other science related careers.

Answered by: Ralloh X. | almost 4 years ago
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It all depends on how you look at it. Majoring in Biology is difficult, but if science is what you love it is worth it. Majoring in biology can be as hard as you make it. Many bio majors like myself are pre-meds. Pre-med students are very competitive when it comes to grades, making curves on tests virtually non-existent.

Answered by: Jen B. | almost 4 years ago
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It all depends on how good you ar ein science classes. If you flunked high school biology, then it might not make a good major for you. I was horrible in high school science classes, but then was forced to take countless biology and chemistry classes because I wanted to get into vet school. Put forth the effort and you will succeed.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | almost 4 years ago
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It is not difficult, if you love the subject and are willing to study long hours for your specialty classes. If you are not totally 100% in love with it, it can be troublesome. It involves complicated subjects and lots of study time outside of class.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | almost 4 years ago
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Biology may or may not be a difficult major depending on you and you alone. You will be required to take a variety of science classes including chemistry, organic chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Cell biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Anatomy, etc. If you excel in these types of courses then you will fare better, however it will require a great deal of work and focus on your part.

Answered by: Mmtorres J. | almost 4 years ago
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I have to agree with what has been said before biology is hard...to an extent. Ever science is hard, right that is way so few do it. It calls for long hours, little pay and little reward. I have been told, "In science you have to be satistified with the 10% of what you do, because the other 90% is going to fail." And from experience I can say that is true. 10% of what you do is actually worth telling the world about. Most experiments just fail. I have a physics undergraduate degree and pursued a biophysics graduate degree (PhD) and have not been satisfied. Physics is thought as being one of the hardest subjects to study. I must say that if you are happy doing what you are interested in there is not a problem doing physics. But if you are not happy then there is a problem and you will not put your full effort or best effort. For me I don't discourage any one from doing science, but rather just be aware of what it is that is driving you towards it. Do you really like to answer questions? Do you have questions? As a scientist you will be managing your own time. You are in a sense your own boss. Your job is to answer questions. If you don't have any then your out of a job! So be sure that if you are going into any science field that you have seriously consider what it is to be a scientist. I do not discourage it, just hope that you go for a degree in science it is in a field that most interest you. I plan to change programs and pursue a physics or engineering discipline graduate degree in the near future. I would rather solve the near impossible than run another sds gel!!!!!!!

Answered by: Rolldog V. | about 2 years ago
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Biology may be a hard major if you're not entirely interested in it. I believe people should choose a major that they would like, with that it would have them more interested and would likely make it easier on themselves. So if you're into science and whatnot biology may be a easy major for you. If not I would suggest a person seek a major they believe would be best fit for them.

Answered by: Sdee21 E. | almost 4 years ago
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While difficult is a rather subjective definition, biology can be a very challenging major. For those who are looking at a career in medicine or academia, however, this is very often a necessary major to declare. Students interested in sciences and those who excel at math will likely find the requirements of this major within their capabilities, though other students may struggle with the complexity of the content of the courses.

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | almost 4 years ago
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Biology is difficult, it is heavy in science and math. If these are your strong suits then you will be fine in the major. It is rewarding, biotech industries are booming right now.

Answered by: Zolty F. | almost 4 years ago
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Biology can be a difficult major for some. It depends on your personal preference. If you love your natural science classes, biology is the major for you. If you love doings labs then biology would make a great major. However, if you're not interested in natural sciences such as chemistry which is a vital part of the biology major, then you should reconsider your choice.

Answered by: Lanig91 B. | almost 4 years ago
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Well, it depends purely on your interests. In general, it is hard but if you love the subject, it would not be. If you have some related background in biology, it would be easier for you. It is purely a subjective term, so pursue your interests without worrying.

Answered by: Sandra P. | almost 4 years ago
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Biology can be a tough subject. If you are really interested in it, then you might find the challenge fun rather than frustratingly difficult. If you are finding your classes difficult, ask your professor if there is extra help you can receive. There are often study sessions offered or general help sessions put on by a TA or graduate students. Once you have taken the introductory courses you should know if you like biology enough to declare it as your major.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | over 3 years ago
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Biology requires a lot of memorization. So, if memorization is not your strong point, then you might find biology very difficult. Biology is generally considered to be an easier major than the other sciences like physics and chemistry, since biology usually requires only basic arithmetic skills. A lot of biology majors are pre-med, so that can contribute to an overly competitive environment, with everyone trying to outscore each other. Overall, it really depends on your strengths and weaknesses - some find biology challenging, others don't.

Answered by: Mem4dr A. | over 3 years ago
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Coming from a biology major - yes, biology is a difficult major. As with anything with life though, some things come easier to some people. What is difficult for me might be easy for you. Biology tends to be very competitive because many pre-med students are biology majors, and they are serious and committed students. If you enjoy science, it is a great choice for majors. There are also many specialties within biology that you can emphasize in, which makes it another great choice.

Answered by: Bees Mama Q. | almost 4 years ago
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The first year or so of biology is not that hard. You will have to take intro to bio and intro to chem. After that things do get more difficult. If you love biology, you won't find most of the subjects difficult. However, if you don't really like the stuff you're learning, it will be a lot harder to learn it. Whether u want to major in Bio depends on what u are going to do with it. A BS or BA in Bio does not have much scope. You may get a low paying job in some research lab or may end up as a salesman/woman for pharmaceuticals. With a bachelors in Biology, you have to plan to use it as a springboard for some profession like medicine, physician assistant, dentistry, veternary, pharmacy, or PhD in Biology (several subspecialities are available like genetics, cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, botany, zoology, etc) or a career in medical lab as a medical technologist. So if you want a career in Biological fields, explore what specifically interests you and what career would you like to see yourself into. The first year of graduate school is pretty difficult. It is basically everything you learn in your four years of college in more depth with more information to memorize and theory to understand. f you want to do it, go for it. But it will require a lot of studying and decent grades, especially if you want to go on to another professional degree afterwards.

Answered by: Jaanu M. | almost 4 years ago
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