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Undergraduate Biologists and Chemists will find they need some mathematics in order to access and make the most of their science. Natural Scientists at Cambridge can choose between three first year Mathematics courses: Mathematics (usually taken by those specialising in Physical Sciences), Mathematical Biology (usually taken by those specialising in Biological Sciences), and Elementary Mathematics for Biologists (designed for Biological Scientists who did not take A Level Mathematics or equivalent).
Our Natural Scientists explain that 'knowledge of mathematics is essential for all scientists; it is the language with which we formulate theories and natural laws and express our ideas.' But what can you do to gain fluency in mathematics? They advise you to 'practise thinking mathematically in non-routine contexts.'
- Information from the Maths Faculty for prospective Natural Scientists
- If you plan to specialise in Chemistry it is essential to take A level Maths (or equivalent).
- StemNRICH provides resources to explore the ways in which mathematics and science is linked, taking you from your post-16 study right through to your first year at university. See in particular: