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 online biology degree prepares you for further education and a variety of science-focused career paths.
Next start date: 08/18/2022
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 online biology degree, 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.
Are there concentrations available for this online biology degree?
Yes. ASU Online offers four concentrations for this online biology degree. Each concentration allows you to focus on a particular aspect of biology, in addition to building core skills and knowledge in the field. Available concentrations include:
Does my biological sciences degree say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
Featured online biology degree 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 181: General Biology I (SQ)
BIO 182: General Biology II (SG)
BIO 340: General Genetics
BIO 345: Evolution
What can you do with an online biology 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:
Admission requirements for the biology degree online
You are considered a first-year student 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).
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.