lavlensse
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Joined: Feb 15,2018

Thu Jan 25,2018 11:32 AM

I’m a sophomore pre-IB student and will have to decide my courses for the IBDP soon. In college I would be interested in studying something related to psychology or linguistics. I’m not sure which science would be of more interest, I like both bio and Chem so far. But I am worried that chemistry in the future would be too math based for me (I’m not very good at math) and I am aware that Chem has a lower pass rate than bio. Which would be more beneficial to me based on what I want to study in the future and what are your views if you are taking Biology or Chemistry now? (Preferably SL)
whatamidoinghere
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Joined: Jan 24,2018

Thu Jan 25,2018 03:33 PM

Take bio, its pure memorization
akinnome
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Joined: Apr 23,2017

Thu Jan 25,2018 07:01 PM

I’d say it’s up to you. In general, biology is pure memorization, but they ask all the details and questions are usually tricky whereas chemistry is less memorization (at least for me), there is not as many things to learn, you just have to understand. There are not many calculations for SL either, most of the formulas are present in data booklet. Honestly my tip would be just google for chem and bio guides, read them and decide which interests you more. And if you decide to study psychology and take it HL, some unis require one science HL as well, so do a little bit of research on that!
lavlensse
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Joined: Feb 15,2018

Thu Jan 25,2018 07:26 PM

Thanks, @akinnome ! I’ll take a look at the guides and research taking it HL
diana
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Joined: Jan 26,2018

Fri Jan 26,2018 02:38 PM

I take both HL Biology and chemistry. I would choose Biology for sure! Yes chemistry is math based and requires way more problem solving which is a great skill but Biology is simple to understand whereas chemistry is harder. However u should look at what subjects are need to be able to take your course because I want to take medicine and most universities in Australia require you to pass English, chemistry and math sl

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