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Do you need to be really good at math to become a chemist or biologist?

I'm majoring in biological sciences and might go into biotechnology, genetics, or cell biology. However, my I'm no mathematician. I know that I'm required to take two years of calculuds at the college I'm attending, and I have no problem with that. But do chemist use a lot of math in the field, besides algebra--which I'm pretty good at?

Asked By: anonymous - 9/1/2006
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I'm a Ph.D. Chemist and I was always good at math - though I never considered myself an "expert" at it... More
Answered By: The Muffin Man - 9/1/2006
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Theoretical research in chemistry and population biology, in fact in almost any subject, is extremely math intensive.
Answered By: Answers1 - 9/1/2006
 
no it's mostly algebra based unless you get into theoretical chemistry. i'm not the best at math and i'm in grad school. i use calculators and it works
Answered By: shiara_blade - 9/1/2006
 
Every scientific subject will require some knowledge of maths. I am also going into the chemistry field.
Answered By: Mr. Glub - 9/1/2006
 
Take it from a chemist................. You will rarely (if ever) use calculus as a chemist. Computers do that stuff now. I do use algebre from time to time so that is important. I do think I mainly use algebra because I am an analytical chemist.
Answered By: xox_bass_player_xox - 9/1/2006
 
not really but you have to know some you also need to have the logical thinking that knowing maths provides you
Answered By: girl24gr - 9/1/2006
 
If you plan on majoring in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, you will need Math through Calculus and Differential Equations to get you through Physical Chemistry as well as Quantum Mechanics. I am a chemist and have not used my Calculus in the work place, (mostly Algebra) but if I hadn't had it for all my classes... More
Answered By: nammy_410 - 9/1/2006
 
i work as a graduate biochemist (in my 10th year). i was reasonably good at maths, but you don't need to remember much. Algebra is very important ( i use that every day), an understanding of stats is useful, and the ability to work a calculator and an Excel spreadsheet takes care of the rest. I have NEVER again used... More
Answered By: laura w - 9/1/2006
 
Algebra, statistics, and logrithms are basically what you use. I don't believe there is anything more advanced than those. If there are it's probably highly advanced chemistry and computers will probably take care of those things anyway.
Answered By: Shaun - 9/1/2006
 
Your course in "physical chemistry" (sometimes mistakenly called theoretical chemistry) requires very advanced math, far beyond the first two years of calculus. But you can still pass if you just memorize the steps in physical chemisty, at least enough to pass the class. But it was very hard for me. But I did it. All... More
Answered By: douglas z - 9/3/2006
 
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