Hardest university degrees

Updated April 17, 2017

As a student decides about what subject to study at university, it is important to know what he is getting into. In the undergraduate world for example, there are some degrees such as biology, chemistry and mathematics, that are considered to be more difficult to obtain than other degree fields.


A degree in chemistry is a science degree that can be obtained in the form of an associate's, bachelor's, master's or Ph.D. When a student enters into a degree in chemistry, she can expect to learn about topics such as atoms, molecules, matter and chemical processes to create scientific results. Students who enter into a chemistry degree program will need to engross themselves in extensive lab work, science coursework and mathematics. Upon graduation, students with a bachelor's degree in a chemistry-related field can use that degree to enter into the medical field, further their education by starting medical school or embark on a career such as chemical engineering.


Mathematics is considered another difficult degree to obtain at the undergraduate level. A student who obtains a degree in mathematics can use it to pursue a career in engineering, science, research or education. Those students who strive for a degree in mathematics can expect to study extensive algorithms, solve equations and apply math skills in science courses such as physics. Some undergraduate math programs will require students to test mathematical theories created by world-famous mathematicians or work side-by-side with engineering programs. Students who enter into graduate programs in mathematics are typically required to create their own mathematical thesis that involves analysing and disproving old mathematical theories or even creating a mathematical theory of their own.


A physics degree involves the study of matter and motion. Students will be engrossed with mathematic and scientific equations that study things such as force, mass, why things move, energy, space and time and what laws physically affect them, such as gravity. Any student who attempts to obtain a physics degree will take numerous courses in both science and mathematics. Typically a student who graduates with a degree in physics will enter into fields that include engineering, scientific research, education and even aerospace technology.


Biology is a science that studies organisms and how they function within the environment. Anything that can be considered a "living" organism or property is studied within the biology field. Students who obtain a degree in a biology field can enter into careers such as engineering, health care, medical school, botany and even pharmacy. To earn a degree in biology, students have to engross themselves in science requirements that include a mixture of organic chemistry, cell biology, mathematics, animal and plant biology and physics. Furthermore, students who decide to enter into graduate programs for biology will take part in extensive research programs that can involve studies of cells, reproduction and even diseases.

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