Becoming a scientist can be an extremely rewarding career and people of all ages embark upon the path to taking science courses so that they can become contributing members of the global community of scientists. There are many fields available in science and they all branch out from four main fields — mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.
Science is the pursuit of understanding the basic laws of the universe as well as making observations about our environment and structuring theories that can be tested for their veracity.
Where can you study science?
There are a number of places that you can study science, but to gain recognized credentials, it is essential to start with a Bachelor of Science and then progress directly to a PhD or a Master of Science. Many scientists choose to enter the workforce directly after they have completed their BSc or they go into Engineering.
Another very important and significant component of science in general is having a good grasp of and learning computer science as a passive or underlying skill that will be used
virtually every working day of your life. Computers and the simulations and mathematical models that can be constructed with them are the modern day notepads for scientists and the power of computing in general is also crucial for calculating, analyzing and understanding data that is collected by complicated instruments.
Full-time, part-time or distance learning science?
While traditionally most scientists have gone to a university either as full time or part time students, science education has actually also been one of the major pioneers of distance learning. After all, what defines a scientist is not really where they got their degree. One of the fundamental logical fallacies, which all scientists adhere to, since they are after all mathematicians and logicians at heart, is that arguments to authority are irrelevant. As long as one can observe phenomena, make a hypothesis, test it and analyze the results in a mathematical fashion (since math is the language of scientists), one is a scientist, regardless of who awarded them the letters after their name.
This is why in recent years online science education has become such a great opportunity that opens doors for a variety of people to become involved in science that would never have been able to have a chance like this before.
Distance learning science courses may be suitable for adults who are located in areas that are far away from a university where they can study full time. Nowadays, there is literally nothing that cannot be done on the Internet and this is why, especially in science education, more and more people are having success and achieving their goals by studying online.
Online systems can be used to exchange emails with professors, participate in conference calls and group discussions with other students and educators, administer real time tests and participate in virtual laboratory sessions by watching video conferences or media demonstrations of experiments.