Students usually choose Biology in 10+2 to make a career as a doctor, probably following the footsteps of their parents who are either General Physicians or Specialists. But there are other options to explore as well, especially for those who are interested in Life Sciences.
Life Sciences comprise all the subjects that deal with the scientific study of living organs like plants, animals and human being. There are a number of courses for students interested Life Sciences, after twelfth. Let’s explore them one by one:
Botany is a branch of biology which involves study of plant life. Plant Science is important because plants support almost all animal life on our planet. They are source of food and oxygen for the mankind. A student who is interested in plants and their behaviour can take up B.S or B.Sc. in Botany after 10+2.
Zoology is the study of the animal life – from their evolution and classification to their habits. It further branches out to anatomy, ethology, physiology, histology, embryology, and teratology. These can be pursued as specialized courses or as research options. B.Sc. in Zoology is for someone who wants to be a zoologist.
If the microscopic organisms interest you more, then probably a degree in Microbiology is for you. Microbiology is considered the mother of all biological sciences as it deals with the study of the smallest living organisms. Microbes are both a bane and a boon to our society and distinguishing between the two kinds is a microbiologist’s job. Just like zoology it also has many branches to it – Bacteriology (study of bacteria), Mycology (study of fungi), Virology (study of Viruses) etc.
Biotechnology has caught much attention in recent times. It is a useful science for us, as it is all about applying living systems or organisms to make ‘useful products’. It has been used in agriculture, food and medicine forever now. With a great scope ahead, B.Sc. or B.S. in Biotechnology is a good idea.
Biochemistry or Biological Chemistry is the study of chemical processes that take place within or are related to living organisms. Biochemistry has been successful at explaining living process for ages now, that even other fields of Life Sciences are into biochemical research. Biochemistry is a good option for anyone who has interest in both chemistry and biology.
Life sciences are useful for the humankind and much in demand. A career in any of the Life Science will be fruitful- both in terms of knowledge and the satisfaction one would derive from it. Not to forget it pays good.
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