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The Relevance of Biological Sciences in the 21st Century

Johnnie O.A. Onyeka

Abstract


Biological Sciences, as the name implies, is a group of sciences, rather than a single science. All bioscientists are concerned in one way or the other with living creatures - plants, animals and microorganisms. The importance of the application of biological knowledge is better assessed by the various problems of modern civilization that have been solved. Examples of these problems are:
- pollution of air, water or soil.
- Disposal of waste.
- Effects of over-population and crowding.
- Use of drugs.
- Aging of the population.
- Descent into the depths of the sea.
- Ascent to the highest mountains and even into outer space.

Biology can also be appreciated by the advances in the improvement of food supply and elimination of hereditary diseases. It can therefore be said that the relevance of the Biological Sciences, long before and even now in the 21st century, goes beyond taking specimens of plants and animals into the laboratory and looking at them to describe what is seen. It is of great interest at this point of our discussion to take a brief look at the types of biology and the range of careers available to those trained in bioscience.

Bio-Research Vol.1(1) 2003: 1-14



http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/br.v1i1.28513
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