The University Science Specialties Quiz

By: Bambi Turner

The University Science Specialties Quiz
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About This Quiz

It's common knowledge that studying science can help you find career success, but how do you choose which field to major in? Take our quiz to see how much you know about scientific specialties and how they impact your career, future and paycheck!
Want to study archaea? Consider this as your college major.
chemistry
microbiology
Microbiologists study bacteria, archaea, fungi and other microscopic organisms.
histology

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Where do the best-paid astronomers work?
psychic phone lines
private companies
government agencies
About a third of all astronomers work for the government, which is the highest-paying employer for astronomy majors.

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What's the most common job for an astronomy major?
teaching
Around 55 percent of the 6,000 professional astronomers in the U.S. work as teachers or professors.
research
astronaut

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What is a more common name for atmospheric scientists?
optometrists
entomologists
meteorologists
Atmospheric science majors often go into meteorology, where they study weather and climate.

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What is the median annual income for a meteorologist?
$87,980
As of May 2014, meteorologists make a median salary of $87,980 per year. Not bad for predicting the weather.
$67,340
$37,245

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Which of the following is the most likely major for an odontologist?
food science
forensic science
Odontologists provide evidence related to teeth and dental records, sort of like a medical examiner for the mouth. Forensic science majors will do well in this field.
agricultural science

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What is the median salary for a forensic scientist?
$24,360
$55,360
Forensic scientists, which include ballistics, fingerprint and crime scene experts, make a median salary of $55,360.
$69,360

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What's the most lucrative place for a forensic science major to find a job?
local police station
private detective agency
federal government
Forensic scientists who work for the federal government make more than others in the field, with a mean income of $96,680 per year.

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True or false: Genetics majors may find jobs working with plants after graduation.
true
A degree in genetics can prepare you for a job analyzing the genes of humans, animals or plants.
false

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True or false: Actress Mayim Bialik holds a doctorate in neuroscience.
true
"The Big Bang Theory" star earned her doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles.
false

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How much does the average biochemist earn each year?
$64,940
$84,940
Biochemists, who study the chemistry and biology of living things, earn a median income of $84,940 annually.
$104,940

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What percentage of biology majors head straight to grad school in biology or a related field?
5 percent
15 percent
25 percent
One-fourth of bio majors head straight for a graduate degree in the same major. This might be due to the fact that many jobs in the field, particularly those involving research, require an advanced degree.

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What percentage of biology majors head to medical, dental or veterinary school after earning a bachelor's degree?
5 percent
25 percent
45 percent
Forty-five percent of biology undergrads head for either medical, dental or vet school upon graduation.

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What science specialty should you study if you are interested in seismic activity?
agronomy
geophysics
Geophysics majors study seismic activity, hydrology and other earth-related fields.
astrophysics

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Which "Friend" has a degree in biology?
Jennifer Aniston
Matthew Perry
Lisa Kudrow
Before she was Phoebe, Lisa Kudrow earned her degree in biology from Vassar College.

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What is aeronomy the study of?
geothermal activity
volcanic eruptions
Earth's atmosphere
Aeronomy, a branch of geophysics, is the study of Earth's atmosphere.

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Which of these majors should you study if you want to manage an orchard or greenhouse?
horticulture
Horticulture covers the production and physiology of plants, making it the perfect field of study for future growers.
histology
microbiology

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What do optical scientists study?
the sun
vision
light
Optical science is the study of light and may include things like telescopes, optical fibers and imaging.

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Which of these eye specialists is licensed to perform surgery on the eyes?
ophthalmologist
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who is licensed to perform surgery on the eyes. He must follow the same path to certification as a doctor, focusing on the health of the eyes rather than the entire body, of course.
optometrist
optician

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What do entomologists study?
plants
insects
Entomology is the study of insects and a popular college major for those who love creepy-crawlies.
bacteria

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Where do most food science majors find work after graduation?
research
teaching
manufacturing
Forty-five percent of food scientists work in food manufacturing, while another 12 percent are researchers.

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How much do food scientists make per year?
$61,480
Food scientists earn a median income of $61,480 per year, higher than other agricultural science fields like soil or animal science.
$49,480
$37,480

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Where do most zoologists find work?
state government
Around a third of zoology majors work for state governments, and another 21 percent works for the federal government.
private zoos
animal sanctuaries

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How much do zoologists make annually?
$38,270
$48,270
$58,270
Animal lovers who major in zoology or wildlife biology can expect a median income of $58,270 per year.

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True or false: Queen guitarist Brian May holds a doctorate in astrophysics.
true
May is not only a legendary rocker but also a real-life rocket scientist with a degree in astrophysics.
false

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What percentage of all undergrad degrees are in math or science?
3 percent
8 percent
Less than 8 percent of all undergrad degrees in the U.S. are awarded in math or science. Business, English and social sciences are the most popular degrees among undergrads.
15 percent

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True or false: Even a bachelor's degree in biology will earn you a higher average starting salary than someone with a non-science degree.
true
false
People with a bachelor's degree in biology earn less than those who major in English, social sciences or psychology in terms of starting salary.

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What do agronomy students study?
the stars
plants and soil
Agronomy is the study of plants and soil. Students in this field learn to develop more successful and sustainable planting and farming techniques.
animal breeding

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How much does the average environmental science major earn in a year?
$37, 250
$44,250
$66,250
Environmental science majors can earn big bucks, with a median income of $66,250 each year.

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True or false: Ashton Kutcher was a biochemical engineering major before hitting it big in Hollywood.
true
He might play dim-witted characters, but Kutcher majored in biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa before moving on to acting.
false

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