Question by DrinkMilkLoveLife: What kind of math should be expected in a Biology University program?
I’m planning to go to university two years from now to study biology. I’m very good at the sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics), however I am weak at math. If I were to go into a biology program at university, how hard would the math courses be? Assuming I’m taking a biology course that has little to no focus on math, zoology, biodiversity, genetics, ect.
Answer by Joe
First off, if you are very proficient with chemistry and physics, then you will soon realize that you must be proficient with mathematics as it is the underlying basis for chemical reactions and most physical laws that were constructed (i.e. Newton w/ calculus and physics eqns). Biology actually has a lot of math as its basis, once you get past your introductory courses, you will see that you encounter advanced mathematics in courses such as ecology (eigenvectors are calculated here). Also most universities have pre-requisites of Calculus I and II, so you will have to become very comfortable with dealing with math. So to answer your question plainly, the math classes will not be all that tough, just make sure you have a strong platform to build off of from trigonometry and precalculus, with that platform calculus should follow pretty easily.
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