Q&A: Should I take chemistry or physics if I want to go into psychology?

Question by Pockets: Should I take chemistry or physics if I want to go into psychology?
Well, I’m in highschool and I’m really interested in psychology. I am definitely taking biology, but do I need to take chemistry or physics? I’m not sure how they are related to psychology, and to be honest, chemistry and physics sound really boring. Physics is motion, right? So that would mean I would have to do lots of calculating of movement and stuff. For chemistry, I’m not so sure. It’s about the periodice table and forming solutions, right? Anyways, I just wanted a second opinion on the matter.


Best answer:

Answer by Farina
Doesn’t really matter which one you take. seriously

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9 Comments so far »

  1. lurch said,

    Wrote on December 31, 2011 @ 2:40 am

    neither physics or chemistry should be a prerequisite to psychology
    it is a social science class i believe

    or an elective as i believe it is in my high school

    so you would have to ask an administrator at you school to know for sure in your case

  2. bluegoat114 said,

    Wrote on December 31, 2011 @ 2:51 am

    Chemistry definately. Psychology is about the brain, neurons, transmittors, chemicals…. This is the time of your life when you take everything you possibily can, not just to prepare for a possible major. College prep students should also take physics…and language.
    If you want to be a psychologist prepare to go beyond your bachelors. You need a minumum of a master’s degree to be a psychologist. Go to apa.org to read about the different types of psychologists, schools, salaries, etc. Good luck to you! (psychology professor)

  3. bunnymum42 said,

    Wrote on December 31, 2011 @ 3:03 am

    I would recommend chemistry because it is more related to the human body, brain, and you can use it with biology.

  4. CateG said,

    Wrote on December 31, 2011 @ 3:56 am

    If you want to study psychology you may find physics useful. Physics is the mathematical ‘logic’ behind how things happen. There are elements of chemistry which may also be helpful, but you’d possibly cover most of the basics in biology.
    I’d send an e-mail to a university ‘career advisor’ and ask them your question. That’d provide you with the most accurate answer.

  5. They Call Me E - Im Mystery 2 U said,

    Wrote on December 31, 2011 @ 4:28 am

    Well, I would say for many people physics is easier. I mean neither one is cakewalk really, but physics is probably the easier subject. On the other hand, Chemistry will touch on the brain and on bodily chemistry a little bit, which you’ll have to go over in the biological sub compartment of psychology anyways.

    Edit – Okay, to the people saying he’s got psychology confused with something else… he’s not stupid, if he wants to go into Psychology, he knows full well what it is. That’s almost insulting…

    What you guys have either forgotten or just don’t know is that you do have to take other sciences in addition to your chosen major – at the end of high school and the beginning of college. He wants to know which one to take between the two he mentioned because you usually have to pick between one of those.

  6. Virginia rocks! said,

    Wrote on December 31, 2011 @ 5:18 am

    Both of these courses are upper-level science. Chemistry is learning about elements and formulas (i.e., how many electrons, neutrons, protons are in Niacin? etc.), using the periodic table, among other things you will learn as well. Physics is mathematical in some respects, but, of the two, I personally enjoyed Physics. I’m not sure how either of these are related to psychology, unless these two science courses are just required for advance studies diploma and to get you admission into a really good college; otherwise, I don’t see the relationship between physics/chemistry and psychology. Look in your school’s course catalog in the guidance dept., which should give you a course description of each of the aforementioned courses; also, you could talk to your guidance counselor and/or the physics/chemistry teacher(s). Good luck!

  7. ILA said,

    Wrote on December 31, 2011 @ 5:54 am

    i think chemistry is easier

  8. MyOhMy said,

    Wrote on December 31, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    I take all three sciences this year But i think both sciences dont really help, cos psychology is seriously a whole NEW different topic.

    Just like me… i’m most prob gonna go to psychology next year, and i can thereby safely say that i’m gonna ditch physics. It’s so dry. :(

  9. Alexis said,

    Wrote on December 31, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    Lurch is right. Psychology is a social science. I doubt very much that even if you wanted to become a sports psychologist you’d have to know anything about kiniesiology. I think you may have psychology confused with something else. Yes, again, Lurch is right. Check with an academic advisor about what area it is you’d like to persue.

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