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Kinda Confused? - March 17th 2010, 05:33 PM

Well I want to do something to do with Biology so I've been looking at courses. I'm not sure what area of Biology I want to be in yet so I'm going to do a general Biology degree and then specialise afterwards.

What I'm confused about is... what's the difference between a Biology degree and a Biological Sciences degree?

I've been looking at both and the course specifications and they all seem to have the same topics covered within them so I'm not sure if they're different. Also some universities offer both courses which means there must be some differences right?
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Re: Kinda Confused? - March 17th 2010, 05:56 PM

I don't know for sure but i think biological sciences involves parts of other sciences like my chemistry has alot about biochemicals.
it could be combining them together for people who want that.

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Re: Kinda Confused? - March 17th 2010, 07:32 PM

I'm not in the UK so I don't know how it works there but here (Canada), in biology in university, it's enormous, there's biology specialist, biochemistry, biology & chemistry, biometrics, biotechnology, etc... .

In your first year at university, it really doesn't matter one bit as it's the same. Any small changes are insignificant so don't try to find a difference because it's going to be minor ones, if any. You'll find the differences in the upper years, such as 3rd to 4th year. Second year is somewhat the same also, a bit more variation but still lots of similarity.

For the difference in degrees, the biological sciences one probably deals with more biochemistry than the biology degree and may go into more detail on many topics than the biology degree. I'm not in the UK for an example may be (somewhat exaggerated), for chemical synapses, in the biology degree program you may learn about what a synapse is, the basics of it, the basics of neurotransmitters and the basic difference between electrical synapses. In the biological sciences degree program, it may involve understanding what SNAP-25, SNARE, biophysics of electricity, the structure of the inactivating molecule on VG-Na+ channels along with the domains and so forth. So same basic concepts but more details for a more research-oriented view whereas the biology degree may be for a more practical and applied view.

I'm just guessing on this though so I could be wrong. Do some research on the degrees at the university, if it's not online, then you should be able to find out in-person or via telephone or e-mail.
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Re: Kinda Confused? - March 17th 2010, 08:33 PM

I've just had a quick look for you. I think Biological Sciences is a lot more about life processes whereas Biology covers a much wider range and will study other things as well, rather than focussing on the other stuff. Personally if you aren't sure, I'd go for Biology but it is less specific and more well known I guess, and it is probably slightly easier to specialise at the end.

Check out the different uni's websites you are interested in or UCAS itself and see what they say. If you are still unsure, could you talk to a teacher at school/college or email the various uni's asking them what the difference it is?

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