What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
Loading…
UCLA
Loading…
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
1.0
4.0
SAT: 720 math
200
800
| 800 verbal
200
800

Extracurriculars

Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Which science is more difficult: chemistry or biology?

I’m about to start my junior year and I’m trying to decide between taking chemistry or biology. Can anyone share their insights on which of these two sciences tends to be more challenging for high school students? Thanks in advance!

6 months ago

As a current college student who's had experience with both subjects, I think the difficulty of chemistry versus biology really depends on your personal strengths, interests, and the way you think. Each subject can be challenging in its own ways.

Chemistry tends to be more math-heavy and abstract, involving concepts like moles, stoichiometry, and chemical reactions. Some find this appealing because it can be more straightforward and formula-based. Furthermore, chemistry requires good problem-solving skills, which can feel satisfying when you solve a question.

On the other hand, biology involves more memorization, as you'll be learning about various processes, systems, and terms related to the study of living organisms. Many students appreciate biology for its focus on real-world examples and classification systems. While biology doesn't involve as much math as chemistry, it usually requires critical thinking and analysis of experimental data.

To help you decide, consider your past experiences and preferences. Do you prefer working with formulas and more structured problem solving? Or do you enjoy learning about systems in living organisms and making connections between different processes? Reflect on your experiences so far in school and think about which subject aligns better with your strengths and interests.

Lastly, take into account your future academic and career goals. If you plan to pursue a science-related degree, it might be beneficial to take both subjects at some point, or pick based on the subject that is more relevant to your field of interest.

Ultimately, the challenge of each subject will vary depending on the individual, so it's essential to think about where your own skills and interests lie before making a decision.

6 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.