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Are Life Sciences and Biology the Same Thing?

If you've not come across these two sciences before, you might be wondering - what's the difference? Surely both subjects involve the study of living organisms, maybe one subject is related to another.

Well, both of those statements are true - in a sense. They are very closely related subjects and both require the study of living organisms, but there are some subtle differences between the two subjects that you need to know about.

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Biology is a core science subject, one that looks at all living organisms on the Earth. It takes into account topics like evolution, diseases, plants, reproduction, the human body and much much more. Biology is a natural science and helps to give students a really good understanding of basic concepts and ideas. 

There are a few different sub-disciplines within biology that include (but aren't limited too):

  • Anatomy
  • Cell Biology
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Microbiology

Life Sciences 

In comparison to biology, life sciences are more complex fields of study. Rather than focusing on natural processes exclusively, life sciences take nature, the development of life and the way it interacts with its environment into account.

Often, people who study life studies will cover a lot of aspects of biology during their study, but they might also look at ecosystems, pharmaceutical advancements and life in space! 

For this reason, life sciences are often considered a more suitable field of study for scientists who want to learn the fundamentals of science as well as applied science & methodology.

Life sciences courses are considered a more advanced option with lots of detailed information about the sub-disciples of biology and a few others.

Here are a few things you could study if you take an interest in life sciences:

  • Astrobiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Quantum Biology
  • Immunology

If you're looking for a job in life sciences, we have lots of vacancies that are perfect for you. Whether you want to work as a biochemist, a quality assurance officer or a research technician, we have something to suit you!

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