Online Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences – Biology and Society
Learn to navigate the complexities of how biology and society intertwine. The Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with a concentration in biology and society explores how society shapes science and how science shapes the ways we live and understand our world. In this program, you'll discover how biology affects a range of ethical, historical, philosophical, political and social issues.
Next start date: 10/12/2022
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What's the relationship between biology and society?
Biology plays an integral part in our social context. Biological research may impact society in diverse ways, such as adapting water systems, curing human diseases and protecting our planet.
Applications of biology, such as gene editing and human cloning, may pose ethical, philosophical and social challenges. Issues related to the social and medical responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) also draw on both biology and society. Understanding the social context of society can help shape education, policy, law and more.
Why study biology and society?
As a biology and society major, you’ll study science from a humanities perspective. This interdisciplinary bachelor's degree with a biology and society concentration explores the impact of biology on humanity and our environment. You’ll learn about past and present controversies on applications of biology, including gene editing, human cloning and stem cell research.
The program’s curriculum also covers bioethics, conservation, ecology, genomics and more. You'll engage in scientific inquiry and investigate ethical, historical, philosophical and social issues. You’ll also develop important cognitive skills, such as:
Does my biology degree with a concentration in biology and society 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.
Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Bachelor of Science in biological sciences. Your concentration in biology and society will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.
Biology, ethics and society courses
You’ll take a range of courses in the biology and society bachelor’s degree program online. Course topics include bioethics, conservation biology, environmental ethics, history and philosophy of science. You’ll learn about science in contemporary society with a focus on ethics, history and philosophy. Core courses include:
BIO 307: Research Colloquium: Identifying a Research Question
BIO 414: Research Colloquium in Biology and Society II
BIO 311: Biology and Society
BIO 345: Evolution
BIO 181: General Biology I (SQ)
BIO 182: General Biology II (SG)
BIO 340: General Genetics
What can I do with a biology and society major?
You’ll graduate from this biology and society program with an interdisciplinary skill set grounded in science and the humanities, including scientific, intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. As a graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed for a variety of careers including, but not limited to:
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).
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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.
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