Biology Vs Chemistry, Which Is Harder? (Solved & Explained)

Are you contemplating what you should study or at least want to study?

Making the choice can be daunting and difficult.

I hear you, it’s a big decision!

Are you thinking about studying Biology or Chemistry, and wondering which one is harder?

So is Biology harder than Chemistry?

Chemistry is more difficult than Biology because it requires critical thinking to solve complex problems. Chemistry is also more difficult than Biology because it requires more math and calculations to explain solutions to problems.

Biology does include fewer maths subjects than Chemistry, however does include more memorization.

This is where students find studying Biology hard.

However, the level of difficulty does depend on your interest and skills.

If you are interested in Biology which is the study of plants, animals, or microorganisms, you might find it more interesting than Chemistry

However, if you enjoy studying Chemistry, then Chemistry will likely be easier than studying Biology.

In case you didn’t know, Chemistry is the scientific discipline involved with elements and compounds composed of atoms, molecules, and ions: their composition, structure, properties, behavior, and the changes they undergo during a reaction with other substances.

So now we have answered the main question let’s further explore what makes Chemistry and Biology so hard to study.

What makes Chemistry Hard to study? (Explained)

Most students find studying Chemistry hard to study because of the intensity of learning, which includes high-level maths, and difficulty understanding complex topics (molecular and atoms, etc). Students also find critical thinking hard, having to come up with solutions to problems.

For example, be able to explain the reasons behind reactions, Sn1 Vs Sn2 reaction, and how catalyst affected the reaction.

Chemistry is a vast and complex field, one that is easy to fall behind.

To avoid this you must have a passion to study it.

If you are still in high school, study all the Chemistry and math-related subjects (as possible).

The higher the better!

To enhance your Chemistry knowledge, the good news, there is plenty of online material and some of it is free.

For example, Udemy has 600 courses when I searched for “Chemistry”.

Once you are at College study hard and make sure you don’t fall behind.

Missing even a couple of classes or lab sessions without doing a lot of catch-up work is very detrimental.

By attending every class possible, completing every assignment( and even doing a bit more), and asking for extra help when I needed it and you will succeed.

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What makes Biology Hard to Study? (Explained)

Most students find Biology hard to study due to the vast amount of information required to study and remember.

Remembering all this information makes it difficult when it comes to exams and being able to regurgitate it when answering questions. 

If you have a solid understanding of physics and you have a good memory, then you probably won’t find biology classes very difficult.

The reason being biology makes so much sense when you understand the fundamental principles well enough.

If you are not very strong at physics and chemistry don’t despair.

It is just a matter of performing extra study and the good news is there is plenty of affordable material online.

If you are still in high school suggest you study the most complex biology, physics, and chemistry subjects you can.

This will help you once you arrive at college, giving you an advantage in making Biology Major less difficult.

If you are trying to learn biology by rote memorization, then yeah you’re probably doomed to have a difficult time.

Further to this, do have a more detailed article to why Why Is Biology So Hard?

Final Thoughts

Studying both Biology and Chemistry are difficult.

Biology does require less critical thinking and fewer maths intensive subjects than Chemistry making Chemistry a harder subject.

No major is easy and each major has a good amount of work.

If you looking to party, be a slacker, and not work you will find any college major difficult.

The level of difficulty largely depends on your skills, interests, and what you are good at.

As with any career that you want to pursue, analyze yourself and your strengths and weaknesses before deciding which major you want to pick.

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