|I want to be a scientist especially in the field
of Chemistry . Any suggestions? and I like General
Chemistry the most .
|Question Date: 2014-05-08|
If you want to be a chemist, my suggestion is to
have strong math skills. You want to practice
really hard to master algebra and calculus. There
are many different types of chemistry, but in most
of them having great math skills will be extremely
helpful. Once you get to university, you can worry
about learning the chemistry part. Up until
university, make sure you practice your
mathematics! This is true of most science, not
Getting a bachelor's degree in Chemistry is the
qualification to officially become a chemist. In
high school you can prepare for that by taking
science classes--including Physics and Bio, there
is significant overlap--and math. If you can,
AP/IB Chem, AP/IP Physics C, and AP/IB Calculus
are very difficult but very worth it. There are
also some 4-week summer programs at UCSB (and
scholarships for them) to get high school students
involved in actively doing science. If you really
want to pursue Chemistry, though, the best thing
you can do is keep good grades in high school and
look at a degree in Chemistry. Also, you may want
to consider Chemical Engineering. There is a lot
of overlap between the two fields, and depending
on what you want to do, the additional focuses of
engineering may be useful (and cool). (Full
disclosure: I am a Chemical Engineer.)
t's great that you've taken an interest in
chemistry! If you want to become a chemist, you
should at least earn a bachelor's degree in
chemistry. Depending on what kind of career you
would like to pursue, you might want to consider
also getting a more advanced degree, such as a
master's or a PhD.
For now, I would suggest building a strong
foundation in math and related fields of science.
Because chemistry in general is a physical
science, its language is often in the form
mathematics. Be comfortable with algebra,
statistics, and recognizing patterns. It is also
important to be able to think critically and
logically for solving problems. Furthermore, in
addition to developing technical skills, you
should work on your "soft" skills; communicating
your science is as important as doing it.
Organization is important in any technical field,
as is meticulousness. And lastly, love what you
do, and do what you love. It is very cliche, but I
cannot stress that enough!
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