Ying and Yang. Light and dark good versus evil biology vs chemistry. Subjects that have been at war with each other for centuries. Just kidding. Honestly, at the graduate level, you have chemists that prepare their own cell cultures and biologists that prepare their own chemicals. So the lines kind of get blurred. However, at the undergraduate level, there are some pretty stark differences between the two majors. Here are a few things to consider when trying to decide which major is easier. I'm using my own experience to compare these two majors. The first thing to consider is that there is a lot more math involved in chemistry. Not only are the majority of chemistry courses calculation heavy, but there are also more courses required as part of the chemistry degree. At my university, students are required to take calculus one and two and then choose between calculus three or differential equations. Whereas biology majors are only required to take methods of calculus and then biological statistics. Where there's more math in chemistry, there's way more memorization in biology.
The chemistry courses, aside from organic chemistry one and two, were way more calculation heavy. There were several equations and steps that had to be done in order to find the answer to problems presented. For biology one and two, the majority of the course was just the memorization of facts and regurgitating them on tests. Another thing that comes into play with which major may be easier for you are class sizes. Biology overall is a much popular major, and these class sizes can be pretty big. Whereas chemistry is not as nearly as popular as biology and the Upper division courses can get pretty small. I've heard that the senior level courses at my university have less than 10 people for chemistry per course I must admit biology one and two a swell as general chemistry One and two had hundreds of students in each course. No matter what they're both popular at the lower division level. For chemistry, it's not because there's so many chemistry majors, it's because most bio majors and engineering students also take general chemistry.
Critical thinking really came into play, though, for anatomy because it was a medical based course. Throughout the course, there would be cases presented, and we had to guess what might be afflicting the patient based off of their pathology and what we've learned in the course. Whereas critical thinking for biology didn't really come into play; It was necessary right from the get go for chemistry, especially in organic chemistry. You had to understand all of the concepts behind the mechanisms for synthetic reactions and understand why certain things would take place instead of others.
For example, why there would be an Sn2 reaction instead of an Sn1 or why an elimination would take place instead of a substitution reaction. And how do catalysts affect this Reaction? Would, the reaction even occur if not for a specific catalyst. The biggest factor, however, to which course will be easier for you is the amount of interest. I've found that even though chemistry can be a lot harder than my biology courses at times because I was so much more interested about learning in these different molecular interactions, I had a much easier time studying and preparing for my chemistry tests than I did for my biology tests. At times, these majors are not always going to be easy because you have to learn so many different things about these specialties. But whatever you find most interesting, you're gonna have an easier time with. So let me know in the comments if I missed any point. Thanks for watching I Post videos every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Have a good one. Bye! .