This course offers an insight into the breadth and scope of a Natural Sciences degree, providing a conceptual and methodological introduction to biology, chemistry and physics, and examining the questions which arise at the intersections of these fields. Students will gain awareness of the need to analyze complex systems at multiple levels in order to understand our world from a scientific perspective, and learn how to describe their work through scientific writing.
Students can choose to specialise in either biological or physical sciences.
Biological Sciences (or Life Sciences) focus on the study of life and living organisms, that is, micro-organisms, plants and animals, their life cycles, and how they function and adapt to the natural environment. This includes their physical structure, chemical processes, molecular interactions, and development. Subject areas which fall under this umbrella include biochemistry, zoology, anatomy, and evolutionary biology. Seminars for Biological Sciences may cover topics such as the biology of cells, genetic engineering, and evolution and behaviour.
Physical Science is concerned with non-living matter, that is, inanimate objects, forces and properties of the universe. There are four main branches of Physical Science – Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry and Earth Science – sometimes described as the disciplines that aim to uncover the underlying laws of nature through the language of mathematics. Seminars for physical sciences may include topics such as special relativity and quantum physics, the shapes, structures and properties of molecules, and climate change and sustainable futures.