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.

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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:

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 this biology degree online have any unique features?

 

At ASU Online, we believe learning goes beyond textbooks and lectures. That’s why your courses include innovative learning technologies and immersive lab experiences. These can include virtual reality and XR technologies, such as Dreamscape Learn. ASU partnered with Dreamscape Immersive to deliver 2D and 3D virtual reality experiences that allow you to explore new worlds and sharpen your skills as you solve scientific problems.

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

 

Yes, this online science degree can prepare you for a graduate degree. If you’re seeking to continue on to a master’s degree or PhD, this biology degree online 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.

Online biology degree 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.

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.

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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:

Biological Sciences Professor


Growth: 9.3 %
Salary: $85,600

Biological Scientist (General)


Growth: 2.2 %
Salary: $85,290

Clinical Trial Manager


Growth: 4.8 %
Salary: $137,940

Dentist


Growth: 2.8 %
Salary: $158,940

Environmental Protection Specialist


Growth: 7.8 %
Salary: $73,230

High School Teacher


Growth: 3.8 %
Salary: $62,870

Medical and Health Services Manager


Growth: 31.5 %
Salary: $104,280

Pharmacist


Growth: -3.3 %
Salary: $128,710

Veterinarian (Vet)


Growth: 15.9 %
Salary: $99,250

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 online

I am a future

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).

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.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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