Online Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
Our online biology degree 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.
Next start date: 10/13/2021
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 biology degree, 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 biology labs 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.
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 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:
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:
Admission requirements for the biology degree
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).
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.