Comparing a Biology and a Chemistry Lab Report
Many students find it difficult to transition between Chemistry and Biology lab reports because the expectations for each are very different. Biology lab reports tend to be noticeably longer than Chemistry lab reports and often include more details about the experiment overall and outside research conducted in the same field. The main focus of any Chemistry lab report should be to remain as concise as possible. Since Biology tends to be more qualitative and Chemistry more quantitative, Biology requires the addition of specific descriptions of data while Chemistry relies mainly upon values obtained through experimentation and the manipulation of data.
The chart below highlights a few key differences between writing for both sciences:
Here is another example from an upper-level Chemistry course- Chem 317 Inorganic Chemistry.