Biological sciences are the study of life and living organisms, their life cycles, adaptations and environment. There are many different areas of study under the umbrella of biological sciences including biochemistry, microbiology and evolutionary biology.
A course in biological sciences will combine practical and theory work with a mixture of lectures, seminars and lab work. Those who choose to study the biological sciences can expect to expand their knowledge of cell theory, evolution, genetics, energy and homeostasis.
Most universities will offer degree programmes in the biological sciences and will also offer a joint degree programme with other sciences or the social sciences. Some universities will offer more specialised degrees within the biological sciences such as zoology or ecology. Assessments will vary across exams, coursework, presentations and lab work.
Students who study the biological sciences will be able to pursue many career avenues particularly within research, teaching, sales, and in field work roles. Many careers such oceanographer, ecologist or marine biologist will need further study past an undergraduate degree.
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Why study biology? A guide to your degree in biological science, with information on what you will learn, what jobs you might get, and how to make sure you get on the right course