Ah, the natural sciences. The following sections introduce you to some of the main branches of natural science that might be tested on the Military Flight Aptitude Test.

Natural sciences is really just an encompassing term for all subjects that try to explain life as we know it. From how much force is required to lift a bag of cement to how a plant makes energy, the natural sciences cover a wide range of disciplines.

Life science is just the study of living organisms. Some life sciences you may be familiar with include biology (the basic science concerned with life and living organisms), anatomy (the study of a living thing’s structure), and physiology (the study of living systems’ functions); look into these topics in more detail before your test. Here are a few other life sciences to be aware of:

  • Botany: Botany is the part of biology that concerns itself with the study of plants and their mechanisms: plant structure, growth, reproduction, energy production, and nutrition; plant diseases; the chemical properties of plants; and plant classification relationships.

    Botany is one of the oldest known sciences; after all, primitive peoples had to learn what was safe to eat. More than 550,000 known species of living plants exist today.

  • Ecology: Ecology is the study of the hierarchical relationships living organisms have with their natural environments (ecosystems) and with other species. Ecology spans natural environments from the microscopic to the planetary level.

  • Zoology: Zoology is the study of the classification, habits, evolution, health, and social patterns of all species in the animal kingdom, and it deals with both current and extinct animals.