Can We Guess What Type of Science You Majored In?

SCIENCE

Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

STEM fields are all the rage these days. For the last 20 years, we have been fed story after story of young people who, having studied some area of science, went on to start the next great unicorn scientific business. Theranos aside, most of these stories are pretty inspirational, and the sort of thing that motivates young people to go into science.

In recent years, science has taken huge strides. Modern computer technology has meant that scientists can now calculate things that were considered unknowable or impossible only a decade ago. Soon, many scientists say, we will make discoveries about the inner workings of genes, physics and chemistry that we never thought we would see in our lifetimes. The effects of these discoveries have already begun to reverberate in our lives, as things we thought we would only see in science fiction happen every day, from cyber warfare to designer babies to images of black holes.

You studied science at university. In fact, you majored in an area of science, so you will understand us when we say we can do a regression analysis on some answers to simple questions, determining which area of science was your major. Take this quiz, and put our skills to the test!

Where did you like to study when you were a student?

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Which of these majors did you consider, and then reject?

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Where is the major center for thought leadership in your field?

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How important is your field to public policy makers?

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To which of these clubs did you belong at university?

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Do you have a profession that actually uses your major?

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Is there much money in the subject in which you majored?

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If you could have minored in any subject in colllege, what would it have been?

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Which of these practical DIY tasks suits your abilities?

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What did you always need to have on hand when you were working?

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Which of these describes your current work environment?

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Other than your work and or family, what is the biggest thing in your life?

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How do you take care of your health?

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What were your college study buddies like?

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Which of these interpersonal skills is your strong suit?

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Which of these occasions do you deem most worthy of celebration?

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Which do you think is more important, "pure" science or "applied" science?

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With what class outside your major would you struggle?

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What is the first step you take in dealing with mundane problems in life?

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How do you like to take notes?

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Did you have to go into grad school to pursue the career you wanted?

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What sort of reading stimulates you the most?

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Why did you go into your major?

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How cool are people in your profession?

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What quality would have impressed the average professor whose classes you attended?

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For what knowledge do friends turn to you?

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Which of these universities would have been your dream school for your major, regardless of where you actually went to university?

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What profession do you just not understand?

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What advice would you give to someone following in your academic footsteps?

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What motivated you to pursue your studies?

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