I couldn’t help but start with this question. We may repeat it ad nauseam, but it is precisely because it is probably one of the most important questions of our existence. And not because in practice it has a direct application. It is simply in our nature to know where we come from and where we are going. Every time we write a news story about a distant comet we are observing closely or about an extraordinary molecule whose properties we have never seen before, we are actually looking for an answer. This What we see is a big picture, as if it were a big picture seen from afarbig challenge has always been one of the central points of biology, directly or indirectly. And that’s why I put it first.
Another of the great mysteries of biology is the functioning of one of the most complex machines we know: the brain. And not only ours (which is the one we are most concerned about) but any complex nervous system. The brain is composed of a very complicated structure, with numerous levels, dynamic and plastic. Although every day we know a little more about its anatomy, pathologies and physiology, it is one of the most disturbing and difficult organs to study. It controls everything, including the reasons why you are reading this article. But we do not know exactly how it works: how memories are stored, how consciousness arises, how neuronal plasticity works… there are so many questions and so many answers that could help us improve our quality of life that this is, without a doubt, one of the most important challenges in biology.
We continue with our section “How to study…” with How to Study Biology. This is an exciting subject but, at the same time, it is often difficult for many students. If this is your case, keep reading and you will discover the best techniques to improve your results. Also, if you have joined our blog for the first time, don’t miss the best tips for studying mathematics, history, English, philosophy, geography and physics, we don’t miss anything!
In addition, it is highly recommended that, whenever you come across unknown words while studying biology, you write them down and look up their meaning, trying to identify their root. A good resource to write down these words and study them later are the Study Sheets, which besides allowing you to store terms by subject (or by roots), are a good method to review before the exam and check which ones you know and which ones you don’t know.
To follow an effective learning process in biology, you must master the general concepts before starting with more specific ones. For example, you need to understand what factors identify a mammal before you start with the factors that identify primates.
Why it is important to study biology
In the 2020-2021 school year, the total number of applicants for this degree was 6,560. The number of places available for this degree was 1,541, so that 1 out of every 4 students who applied for the degree was admitted. 60% of the total number of first-time students are women and 40% are men.
Biology studies living beings in a comprehensive manner, from the molecular level to the ecosystem, in order to understand their structure, function, diversity, origin, evolution, and interrelationships.
It is desirable that the applicant to this career, in addition to having studied the Chemical Biology Area in high school, has basic knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, and has the following characteristics:
The subjects of the career are offered in the morning and afternoon shifts, which allows the student who so requires, to work while studying, however the degree has research and field activities that demand extracurricular time.
A biologist is a professional and scientist who has specialized knowledge in the field of Biology, understanding the mechanisms that govern the functioning of biological systems in fields such as health, technology, production and the environment. This professional can work in hospitals, universities, clinics, clinical laboratories, research laboratories, pharmaceutical industries, agriculture, zoos, that is, any place where there is life, valuing the welfare, health and integrity of individuals and the environment.
Biologists specialize in different areas of biology. There are theoretical biologists who use mathematical or statistical methods to develop models to understand phenomena and ideally predict future experimental results, while experimental biologists devise experiments to test those predictions. Some biologists work with microorganisms, while others study multicellular organisms (including humans). Some investigate the nano- or microscale, others emerging properties such as ecological interactions or cognition.