What concepts do you find hardest in Biology at university level?Watch
A general biology degree includes just about everything in the first year. Animal bio, plant bio, and physiology of plants and animals, ecology, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, population biology etc. If you didn’t do a level chemistry you might have to do a chemistry module but it’s not anywhere as near daunting as A level Chemistry! Different universities will vary but generally those subjects are core compulsory subjects.
In years 2&3 you get to choose the modules you enjoy. But the subject content of those modules depends on the research interests of the lecturer. For instance at one university a parasitology course might include a lot of pathophysiolgy and immunology but at another university a parasitology course might be mostly about the life cycles and ecology of parasites with a fair amount of data handling and statistics.
There is generally not a lot of maths in a biology degree certainly no where near as much maths as in chemistry or physics! But statistical analysis and data handling is very common and important . It however depends on what modules you choose in years 2 and 3. Someone mentioned that they never even needed to use quadratic formula in their entire degree!
Finally you could do a degree in the area of biology you are passionate in such as microbiology, human physiology, botany etc, but the good thing about a general biology degree is it lets you explore other areas and specialise in those topics of interest towards your final year, and you can still do a masters or pHD in an area you find passionate. From botany to cancer biology.