1. You understand Life
The essential component to your existence. This develops in you a more profound understanding of the human condition and our role in this bio-diverse world.
2. It’s broad
You needn’t like every field of biology. In fact, you cannot because it is so vast! It thus has something for everyone—it’s only a matter of finding what you like within it and making the best of it.
3. Understanding biology helps you live a healthier life and improve the lives of others
It is no secret that knowledge is power. Learning about the human body’s complex systems enables you to make better decisions for your health and the health of others. It also motivates you to want to make these healthier choices, because you understand the gravity of diet, exercise, social, and drinking habits on life span and life satisfaction. You will want to have a career that involves education in some way so that I may inspire future generations to take care of themselves and the planet. So whether you end up as a doctor, or teaching in a secondary classroom, you will get to make a difference in the world by teaching knowledge based on scientific facts.
4. Biology is hands-on !
Exploring on site field labs or visiting a local river for collection is always a fun and refreshing experience. It’s different then only doing lecture courses and enables your textbooks to literally come to life (no pun intended!). Scientists also have to do a lot of dirty work for research experiments such as swabbing door handles for microbiology lab to hiking through the woods to identify bird calls for Ornithology.
5. Biology is at the heart of many social and economic issues
By studying biology, you learn to make more informed decisions about your own health and about significant biological issues such as genetically modified crops, the use of antibiotics, and the eradication of invasive species.
6. Biology helps you contribute to the future of the world
Studying biology positively aids the development your character: Those who practice science in classrooms and labs become familiar with how to be ethical in their research and experiments. Honesty is vital to being a scientist, and integrity is a must when it comes to reporting data. From doing group work and writing scientific reports, your mind is trained to give credit where it is due, take initiative, practice humility, constructively respond to criticism, and analyze objectively.
7. Biologists learn to also see failures as beginnings, not endings
If a scientist gave up every time they failed or their research fell through, there would be not advancements in society. However since we learn that failure is an expected part of the scientific process, we learn to draw knowledge from our failures and to keep pushing forward to find new insights.
8. Learning biology opens up career opportunities
The following non-exhaustive list suggests the diversity of careers into which graduates in biological science go: Agronomist, animal behaviour scientist, animal welfare officer, biochemist, biotechnologist, cheese production supervisor, conservation biologist, environmental analyst, environmental ecologist, environmental manager, environmental officer, fisheries scientist, food and drink technologist, forestry technician, genetics technician, marine biologist, meat biochemist, medical sciences technician, nursery grower, plant pathologist, plant physiologist, quarantine officer, research manager, secondary school science teacher, zoologist.
9. It’s the future!
There is not and will never be a field as eternally relevant to society as Biology. Be it through the world’s noblest profession (being a doctor), through being a nurse, or through medical research, demand for Biology experts is bound to only rise as the human race evolves. Make the best of it!
10. Biology is an endless adventure!
There are constantly new developments being made in this field. A person will never know all there is to know about science or biology. What could be more exciting than always having new things to learn about for the rest of your life? What could be more challenging? Science is about being investigative, thinking critically, always asking questions, and learning for life. I don’t know what’s more interesting than that. Whether my future takes me underneath the waves observing corals or tagging sharks, or whether I end up in the public school system teaching biology to high schoolers, this degree is one I will always be putting to good use and that I’m incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to earn.
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