Online Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences – Biology and Society

Learn to navigate the complexities of how biology and society intertwine. The bachelor's degree in biology and society online explores how society shapes science and how science shapes human behavior and our place in the environment. You'll understand how applications of biology may affect society. These include a range of ethical, historical, philosophical, political and social issues.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 08/20/2020


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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Study ethics in biology

As a biology and society major, you’ll study science from a humanities perspective. The interdisciplinary biology and society bachelor’s degree explores the impact of biology on humanity and our environment. You’ll learn about past and present controversies on applications of biology. These applications include gene editing, human cloning and stem-cell research.

The program’s rigorous coursework 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 gain cognitive skills – such as critical thinking and problem-solving – and interpersonal skills – such as cultural sensitivity and teamwork. These make biology and society majors more effective policymakers, researchers, teachers and writers.

How are biology and society connected?

 

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.

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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 ethics, history and philosophy at the core. Browse some featured biology, ethics and society courses below.


BIO 314: Research Colloquium in Biology and Society I (L)


BIO 414: Research Colloquium in Biology and Society II (L)


BIO 311: Biology and Society


BIO 340: General Genetics


BIO 345: Evolution


BIO 281: Conceptual Approaches to Biology for Majors I (SQ)


BIO 181: General Biology I (SQ)


BIO 182: General Biology II (SG)


What can I do with a biology and society major?

Your career options are diverse as a biology and society major. These might include bioinformatics scientists, community health workers, physicians, teachers and more. You’ll graduate with an interdisciplinary skill set grounded in science and the humanities, including scientific, intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.

Bioinformatics Scientist


Growth: 8.0 %
Salary: $76,690

Biological Sciences Professor


Growth: 15.2 %
Salary: $78,240

Community Health Worker


Growth: 18.1 %
Salary: $38,370

Environmental Protection Specialist


Growth: 11.1 %
Salary: $69,400

High School Teacher


Growth: 7.5 %
Salary: $59,170

Lawyer


Growth: 8.2 %
Salary: $119,250

Life Scientist


Growth: 9.2 %
Salary: $74,540

Medical Scientist


Growth: 13.4 %
Salary: $82,090

Medical and Health Services Manager


Growth: 20.5 %
Salary: $98,350

Learn from global scientific leaders

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Learn from global scientific leaders

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Admission requirements

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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).

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.

Become a student of a collaborative institution

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.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140


million in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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