Online Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Learn biology like you never thought possible with first-of-a-kind, adaptive courses and immersive learning experiences. In Arizona State University's Bachelor of Science in biological sciences program, you’ll use world-class technology to develop a broad understanding of biology disciplines. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for further education and a variety of science-focused career paths. You also have the opportunity to earn a concentration in a key area of interest.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 07/01/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 39

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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What makes this online biology degree unique?

Biological science is an umbrella term covering the many branches of biology and is distinguished as life science, one of the two branches of natural science. Examples of study include environmental studies, genetics, botany and microbiology.

Biological sciences majors can also choose between four concentrations. 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:

Additionally, 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 VR 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.

What will I learn in an online biology degree?

As a biological sciences major, 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. You’ll also investigate genetic and environmental causes of diversity, how organisms evolve, the interplay of organisms and 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, the learning approach in this online biology degree will be effective for a successful career in biological sciences.

This bachelor’s degree can be completed as part of an Accelerated Master’s program. When accepted, you can earn a master’s degree in as little as one year after completing your undergraduate degree. This opportunity saves you time and money while giving you advanced knowledge in your field. Applicable master's degrees include:

Will a biological sciences major prepare me for postgraduate study?

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

Not interested in taking the MCAT®? After completing this program, you’ll be equipped with the foundational knowledge to pursue non-medical graduate degrees in many fields of biological science.

Will my diploma 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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Online biology degree courses

The program’s curriculum includes an array of courses that provide a broad yet detailed picture of this branch of science. Course options range from animal physiology to ecology.

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.

Learn more about the summer in-person labs.


BIO 181: General Biology I (SCIT OR SQ)


BIO 182: General Biology II (SCIT OR SG)


BIO 340: General Genetics


BIO 345: Evolution


What can I do with an online biology degree?

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

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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.

How to apply

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Competency requirements

Additional admission requirements

High school equivalency

Homeschool

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at 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 Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at 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 Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

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

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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