Choosing a major can be a stressful time for any student. You may have a specific subject in mind but you always have that difficult task of narrowing it down to specific study. Many times it comes down to whether or not you want to discover more about humans or the earth itself. Students just have to find where their strengths are and where their passions lie. What were you most successful with in high school? What did you actually enjoy doing while in class? I picked two subjects to go over, biochemistry and geology to give you an idea of what such vastly different sciences entail and how to choose between the two.
Biochemistry is the study of the different chemical processes within living organisms. This fascinating science combines both chemistry and biology. The theory is that if you use what you know from a chemical perspective you can begin to comprehend biological problems. They study health and disease as well as coming up with new ideas and theories on how life works.
Many biochemists work in hospitals, colleges, cosmetics, and forensics. Biochemists work as research assistants helping to study genetic testing and some work as biostatisticians and work in health related industries. There are some really great education options for those interested in biochemistry. Some of the best colleges in the world such as Harvard and the University of California in Berkeley are offering four year degrees in the subject.
Geology is the study of the earth and how it is made. Geologists combine their knowledge of the earth’s processes, materials, and history to see how these three factors could impact the future. They study volcanoes, floods, and other processes and study them well enough to know where the least amount of damage could occur. They also study matters such as climate change and its history.
Geologists are needed in a variety of different areas. You can work for private organizations to make sure they comply with federal, state, and local regulations. Some can even work for the government to study the reaction between natural resources and humans. A lot of geologists become educators to help mold the minds of future geologists. There are several different highly rated colleges and universities that offer Geology as a four year degree. Some of them include: University of Arizona, Penn State University, Stanford University, and the California Institute of Technology.
It can be difficult to choose a major but if you are a science buff there are many options out there for you. Depending on where your interests lie, you have the ability to study how things work, and that is something that is always going to be needed.