The Science of Life

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. Biology is never far from the headlines either... The human genome has been sequenced and we know the complete arrangement of the three thousand million bases that make up human DNA. In Kenya 350 people die every day from AIDS and in South East Asia the skies are dark with smoke as the last Bornean rainforests are burned to grow oil palms. Biologists are concerned with all these issues. They work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology... and the work they do is vital to us all.

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Chemistry is a fascinating subject that is as much a theoretical as it is a practical science. The subject has wide reaching implications from material design, to pharmaceuticals, to developing sustainable technologies, environmental sciences and even space exploration.

Chemistry can be loosely divided into three components; organic chemistry which is the study of carbon based chemicals, inorganic chemistry which is the study of non-carbon based chemicals and physical chemistry which focuses on atomic structure and the ‘physics’ of chemistry e.g. energy.

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Geology is the study of the Earth and all of its processes, and combines Biology, Chemistry and Physics into one. It will allow you to study the structure of the planet, the hazards caused by our dynamic planet, the rocks and minerals that compose it, the history of life and how to harness the natural resources it provides. Geology is a true field Science, which is why the end of AS fieldtrip to the island of Arran truly helps to link the theories together.

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