The flexibility of the Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge makes it possible to take purely biological sciences, purely physical sciences or a combination of both, according to your interests.
You choose your subjects at the start of the first term in discussion with your Director of Studies but you should indicate in your Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) whether your interests lie broadly in biological or physical sciences. The choice isn't absolute, and many students change direction before they start or as they progress.
In Year 1 (Part IA), you study three experimental science subjects (from a choice of eight, see above), plus one mathematics subject (Mathematics or Mathematical Biology), chosen at the start of the first term.
Many students discover a passion for the new subjects that they start in the first year, such as Earth Sciences or Materials Science, and continue with these in subsequent years.
Almost half of our graduates continue with further study and research (either in Cambridge or at other universities) in the chemical industry, pharmaceuticals, infection and immunology, biotechnology, environmental management or nanotechnology. Natural Sciences prepares you well for the challenges of research, especially in emerging interdisciplinary areas.
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