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Natural Sciences

Natural Science is a frame wherein most science subjects are taught at Cambridge. If students wish to study any of the Physical and Biological sciences mentioned below, then this the right course for them.

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The course in Natural Sciences is well designed. It equips students with ample insight into the subject. The course provides students thorough understanding. The undergraduate course in Natural Sciences incorporates a fine blending of theoretical work as well as practical exercises. Students are given theoretical instructions which they relate to the practical exercises.

The Range of Options within the Biological Sciences

Flexibility and Diversity

In the first year, Natural Scientists may study three options from a wide choice of eight experimental sciences that include three biological subjects: Evolution and Behaviour, Biology of Cells and Physiology of Organisms. If students are interested in biological sciences, then they must take a broad variety of combination, for example:

  • Purely biological - all three biology options
  • Pharmacological/ Biochemical - mingling biology options and Chemistry
  • Evolutionary/Ecological - mixing Earth Sciences and biology options
  • Physical - mingling Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Cells

Students may take a paper in Mathematics, however, a biological scientist generally take Elementary Mathematics for Biologists or Mathematical Biology. In the second year, ten of the part first 'B' subjects are biological. Some of the options develop topics included in the first year, for instance, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Cell and Developmental Biology. These subjects build upon part first 'A' Biology of Cells and offer an advanced basis for specialist further study in the subject like biochemistry or other molecular biosciences.

May options introduce new material such as the biology of disease, pathology, and pharmacology that considers the mechanism of drug action. In the part first 'B', the other biological subjects include:

  • Ecology
  • Animal Biology
  • Physiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Plant and Microbial Sciences
  • Experimental Psychology

The course flexibility makes it possible to merge biological sciences with History and Philosophy of Science or Organic Chemistry for example. In the third year part second, many students lay emphasis upon single subject of advanced study focusing upon particular areas of their subject and undertaking a dissertation and research project.

Alternatively, students may take the broader Biomedical and Biological Sciences option. Many third year part second options in the biological sciences have a restriction on the number of places available on account of the limitation of laboratory space, especially, for doing project work. Thus, it is not possible to assure that students shall be able to go for their choice of subjects and some of the options have a competitive entry system. However, in a year more than eighty percent of students are capable to study their first choice of subject.


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