Biology is the study of living things, from the itty-bitty single-celled organisms deep in the ocean to the really big trees in California. Animals, plants and even humans all fit into that category. Because it’s so broad, there are lots of different majors that fall under the umbrella of Biology.
Biology majors are curious about the world around them. Those who lean toward the animal and plant emphasis of biology are outdoorsy. A Biology major doesn’t have to love math but should be able to do it well enough. Enjoying lab time will be important because a Biology major will see plenty of it.
If you know any Biology majors, you probably think they have microscopic vision. They likely don’t, but they do know their way around a microscope. In addition, Biology majors are good at dissecting things – literally and philosophically. A well-rounded Biology major can dissect a frog with the best of them, but also can pull apart and piece together the different elements of an ecosystem in the Pacific Ocean.
If you’ve ever said, “I hate every living thing on this planet” and meant it, don’t become a Biology major. If you’ve ever said, “If I have to take one more science class I’m going to implode,” Biology also isn’t for you.
As a Biology major you’ll get a broad look at all living things, what they’re made of and how they interact. You’ll take classes like microbiology, biochemistry, genetics and ecology. You can also expect to take some ethics classes to avoid a future as an evil scientist.
Most Biology majors find a specific emphasis, like Genetics or Botany, which direct what kinds of jobs they get. Many Biology majors go on to medical, dental or veterinary school. As an actual biologist there are job opportunities as educators and researchers, plus there are the scientists who take existing research and find application for it.
Clearly you’ve figured out you should take high school biology. But you should also take physics and chemistry, as well as any other science-related classes offered. Competing in and doing well at the local science fair wouldn’t hurt.
It’s not about sucking up – it’s about experience. That said, find a way to sweet talk your professors into letting you help with research. The best way to endear yourself to your teachers is to offer free labor – be willing to do whatever grunt work they need for free. Becoming part of the research team will be completely worth it.