Online Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Our Bachelor of Science in biological sciences helps you develop a useful and broad understanding of many disciplines in biology. Key areas of focus include genetic and environmental causes of diversity and evolution. This biology degree prepares you for further education and a variety of science-focused career paths.

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Next start date: 03/08/2021


Total classes: 39

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What is biological science?

Biological science is an umbrella term covering the many branches of biology. Examples include environmental studies, genetics, botany and microbiology.In our Bachelor of Science in biological sciences program, you’ll investigate genetic and environmental causes of diversity, how organisms evolve, the interplay of organisms, their environments and how these factors influence health and disease. Whether you’re looking to focus on cross-disciplinary study or build more insight before declaring a concentration, our learning approach will be effective for you.

Is biology a natural science?

 

Whether referred to as biology or biological science, this area of study is a natural science. Biology is further distinguished as life science, one of the two branches of natural science. As a student in this program, you’ll develop expertise that ranges from the cellular level to entire ecosystems. Similarly, you’ll encounter biological processes that can take anywhere from picoseconds to millennia to complete.

Do I need to attend biological sciences lab courses in person?

 

You can expect to complete nearly all of your classes online. However, the organic chemistry lab course requires in-person attendance. All in-person work may be completed during a one-week session at the Arizona State University Tempe campus or at an approved accredited institution near your location.

Does a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences prepare me for postgraduate study?

 

Yes, the biological science major can prepare you for a graduate degree. If you’re seeking to continue on to a master’s degree or PhD, this biology program can prepare you for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT®). The curriculum in this program aligns with recommendations from the American Medical Colleges and the Howard Hughes Medical Committee.

Not taking the MCAT? After completing this program, you’ll have foundational knowledge that will help you to pursue non-medical graduate degrees in many fields of biological science.

Biological science students have access to academic and pre-health advisors. These advisors provide guidance unique to you and your career path. They can also help you find research experiences, clinical internships and community service opportunities. For more information on ASU’s pre-health education programs, please visit the ASU pre-health website.

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Featured biological science courses

The biological sciences curriculum includes a wide array of courses that provide a broad yet detailed picture of this branch of science. Options range from animal physiology to ecology. Key courses include:


BIO 340: General Genetics


BIO 345: Evolution


What can you do with a biological science degree?

This degree prepares you for careers in research, lab work and many other fields where knowledge of biology and scientific abilities are key. It is also designed to provide the necessary background to pursue advanced education. Career examples include:

Biological Sciences Professor


Growth: 15.2 %
Salary: $78,240

Biological Scientist (General)


Growth: 8.0 %
Salary: $76,690

Clinical Trial Manager


Growth: 9.9 %
Salary: $118,970

Dentist


Growth: 19.4 %
Salary: $151,440

Environmental Protection Specialist


Growth: 11.1 %
Salary: $69,400

High School Teacher


Growth: 7.5 %
Salary: $59,170

Medical and Health Services Manager


Growth: 20.5 %
Salary: $98,350

Pharmacist


Growth: 5.6 %
Salary: $124,170

Surgeon (General)


Growth: 11.4 %
Salary: #

Experienced and exceptional biological science faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to many prestigious students and faculty members including:

  • Fulbright american scholars.
  • Guggenheim fellows.
  • MacArthur fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Experienced and exceptional biological science faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to many prestigious students and faculty members including:

  • Fulbright american scholars.
  • Guggenheim fellows.
  • MacArthur fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Admission requirements for the biology degree

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You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

A college dedicated to developing tomorrow’s biological science leaders

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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