If you think you might be interested in majoring in science after high school, the first step you’ll need to take is to explore the many degree options available to you. Attending the Summer Science Academy is a terrific way to experience different science courses and gauge which area most matches your interests. While you wait for the calendar to flip to summertime, here are some of the exciting science majors available to the students of McDaniel College:
When it comes to science careers, the general biology major is considered the undergraduate stepping stone for graduate work in any scientific field. Medical professionals, clinical researchers, scientists, zoologists, teachers, and more major in biology as an undergrad before majoring in their specific interest area in graduate school. As a biology major, you’ll study all types of living organisms, and go in-depth with your research into the cells and systems that allow life to exist.
Because a biology degree is so broad, encompassing such a wide range of topics and concepts, you can choose to tailor your biology degree to match your interests and future career goals. You might choose to focus on molecular biology or environmental biology, for example.
Biology and chemistry tend to go hand-in-hand; you’ll take courses in both if you major in biology.
If you’re interested in a career in marine biology, you’ll have a blast at our Summer Science Academy marine science course.
Like biology, chemistry is a major that paves the way for your future in graduate work or provides an essential science background for your future career field. Chemistry majors go on to work in health fields and in clinical or genetic research, as well as in education, themselves.
Your study of chemistry will also involve courses in physics and calculus, as well as a strong focus on writing. After all, you’ll need to know how to write those prize-winning research papers!
If you have interest in biomechanics or exercise-related health fields, such as a physical therapist, you may choose to combine kinesiology (known as exercise chemistry) with your chemistry major. In this case, you’ll include courses in biology and even nutrition for your major.
Environmental studies, like biology, is a broad major that focuses on important environmental issues like sustainability, ecology, agriculture, and conservation. Like other majors, you can choose to specialize in the environmental studies area that best matches your future career goals, such as environmental policy, biology, or Earth system science. Environmental studies is also a great minor option for a variety of majors.
Before enrolling in medical or dental school, a veterinarian program, or similar graduate program, you can major in the pre-professional study of your chosen discipline. Going into college and selecting a major can feel stressful, but if you feel like a future in medicine or a related field is meant for you, you’ll also want to try to have a few of those schools in mind, so that you can graduate from McDaniel with all of the prerequisites for your desired medical (or similar) school. Most medical, dental, and veterinary schools will want to see heavy coursework in biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as statistics, genetics, and writing courses, depending on your future career goals.
Interested in these career fields? Explore our pre-health science courses this summer.
Physics helps us understand how the world, from the galaxy to gravity, works. With courses in electricity, programming, chemistry, astrophysics, and quantum mechanics, physics is a fascinating major to dive into post-high school. Like biology and chemistry, physics is an ideal major for future researchers and professors, as well as computer specialists and students interested in careers focusing on the natural sciences, like geology or astronomy.
Within your physics major, you can choose to specialize in certain areas, like engineering or computer science.
Science isn’t only the study of the natural world. Majors or minors in military science, political science, or psychology are all options, and all connect with the basic majors of chemistry, biology, and physics. A student who chooses to major in psychology, for instance, could then go on to a graduate program in genetic counseling. On the flipside, you could choose to major in biology, studying life on a cellular level, and then do graduate study in genetics.
At McDaniel, you can choose to combine a science major with a criminal justice major. Our summer forensic science course will give you a unique look into this field that has been popularized on so many TV shows.
It’s important to remember, for instance, that science isn’t separate from the humanities or the arts. On the contrary, science itself is an art — the art of life — and courses or minors in communication, like English and writing, as well as sociology or psychology, will serve to make you a better scientist. You’ll also benefit from additional study in mathematics.
Not planning a science career, so don’t think you need too many science courses? Think again! Just as science majors benefits from the added knowledge of other interest areas, so, too, do non-science majors benefits from science. Want to be a chef? Learn about the science of cooking, for instance.
From major to minor and everything in between, science is for everyone. Explore general science courses at McDaniel College, where you’ll be eligible to receive a $40,000 scholarship upon completion of a session at our Summer Science Academy.