ASU Online’s Bachelor of Science in biological sciences helps you develop a broad understanding of the field of biology and allows you to develop expertise that ranges from the cellular level to entire ecosystems. For those who want to specialize their studies, we also offer this program with four concentrations that each focus on a particular aspect of biology. Read on to get the details on each.
Biomedical sciences concentration
A biological sciences degree with a biomedical sciences concentration is the first step for many students who are interested in post-graduate studies. The curriculum aligns with coursework requirements for the MCAT, so graduates can go on to medical school and other graduate school programs related to the health profession.
Along with biology, you’ll focus on chemistry, physics, statistics, scientific research methods and the use of biomedical concepts in clinical, academic and industrial settings. Additional key topics include the body’s major chemical and biological processes, as well as ethics in medicine.
Featured courses include:
- Cell Biology: You’ll complete surveys covering topics such as structural, biochemical and molecular aspects of cell function.
- Developmental Biology: This course studies the development of major organ systems and teaches you their underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms.
- Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry: Organic chemistry lab (CHM 235) and Biochemistry lab (BCH 367) are required and must be completed at ASU’s Tempe campus or transferred from another institution.
Potential career options after completing graduate studies, along with their 2022 median annual salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), include:
- Dentist ($159,530).
- Medical research scientist ($99,930).
- Pharmacist ($132,750).
- Physician ($229,300).
- Veterinarian ($103,260).
Biology and society concentration
You’ll learn about the historical, philosophical and political complexities within topics across biological sciences in the biology and society concentration. This concentration incorporates a humanities focus on biology and emphasizes the critical thinking skills needed to address the potential for ethical complexities that come along with scientific discoveries. A deep understanding of how society and science influence each other can be especially valuable for professionals in areas such as research, education and health.
Featured courses include:
- Biology and Society: You’ll explore topics that interact with both biology and society, such as environmental, ethical, historical, legal, philosophical and social issues.
- General Genetics: This course covers the fundamental principles of genetics through topics such as molecular and functional genetics, cytogenetics, genetics of development, complex traits and population genetics.
- General Organic Chemistry Lab I & II (optional): All required labs for this program are offered online, but if you choose to take organic chemistry as an elective, there will be a required in-person lab component. (Pre-health students should take CHM 237/238 instead of CHM 235).
Potential career opportunities, along with their 2022 median annual salaries according to BLS, include:
- Community health worker ($59,990).
- Environmental scientist ($76,480).
- High school teacher ($62,360).
- Life scientist ($100,370).
- Medical research scientist ($99,980).
Note, some of the professions listed above may require additional certifications or graduate studies.