TechCrunch article Bizarre as it may sound, a new study published in the journal Science suggests that the biology majors may be unwittingly influencing their students’ attitudes toward biology.
Researchers in a study from the University of Michigan and the University at Buffalo surveyed 1,100 students at two of the nation’s most prestigious universities.
As part of their research, the researchers used online surveys to gauge students’ interest in topics such as evolution, the origins of life, and the role of biology in the environment.
The study found that the most popular topics for biology majors were biology, physics, chemistry, and biology and medical science, followed by environmental science, environmental biology, and psychology.
The least popular topics were economics, philosophy, politics, and politics.
These trends were particularly notable in the area of science, with more than half of biology majors saying that they had “great interest” in the field of science and technology.
In contrast, only 28 percent of physics majors said they had such a great interest.
“The findings provide a window into how our society has changed over the last 50 years, as a whole, in how we think about science and the environment, and how this change has affected the ways that our students think about the world,” study author Elizabeth Stiles, an associate professor in the department of economics and psychology at the University, said in a press release.
In addition to the biology and physics majors, the most and least interested in evolution students were also the most likely to have “great” interest in climate change, a topic that’s often under-appreciated among the general population.
In fact, the research found that climate change has been the most discussed topic among biology majors, with nearly 80 percent of students asking the question.
The same study also found that people who have a strong interest in a topic were more likely to express an interest in science than those who did not.
The researchers noted that the findings are a little surprising, as previous research has suggested that people are more likely than their peers to express their interest in specific topics when they’re under pressure to achieve a certain outcome.
“A recent study found people with strong interests in science tend to be more likely, more likely people who think about it, and that they’re less likely to ask for help with their research,” Stiles said in the release.
“In other words, we tend to think that we are naturally inclined to think about things that we want to know about.”
But there’s a catch.
This study doesn’t actually test how interest in certain topics translates into people’s responses, rather, it asks students to evaluate their own personal opinions about certain topics and then rate how “interested” they are in each one.
This research could lead to further research on how to measure the impact of the science majors on their students, but for now, it’s unclear how much of an impact this could have on the students’ responses.