Online Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences – Biology and Society
Learn to navigate the complexities of how biology and society intertwine. Arizona State University’s 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: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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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:
- Critical thinking.
- Interpersonal communication.
- Cultural awareness.
These skills prepare biology and society majors to be more effective policymakers, researchers, teachers and writers.
In addition to learning through lectures and textbooks, you can take advantage of at-home lab kits, simulation tools and other innovative learning experiences. You’ll also have the opportunity to utilize virtual reality and 2D labs, including Dreamscape Learn.
Biology, ethics and society courses
You’ll take a range of courses in the online biology and society major. 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. Courses may include:
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:
How to apply
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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