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.

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Quick facts

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:

  • Critical thinking.
  • Problem-solving.
  •  Interpersonal communication.
  • Cultural awareness.
  • Teamwork.

These skills prepare biology and society majors to be more effective policymakers, researchers, teachers and writers.

How can my biology ethics skills be used in a career?

 

Studying biology ethics gives you a diverse skill set applicable to many careers. Upon completion of the biology and society degree, you’ll have quantitative reasoning and scientific skills, as well as intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. You’ll relate biological concepts to social and historical problems and know how to communicate science in an ethical manner.

These skills have proven to be instrumental in both biological and humanities careers. Potential career fields for graduates include environmental law, public policy and public health.

Transform your learning experience

 

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.

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.

 

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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 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:

Bioinformatics Scientist


Growth: 2.2 %
Salary: $85,290

Biological Sciences Professor


Growth: 9.3 %
Salary: $85,600

Community Health Worker


Growth: 15.2 %
Salary: $42,000

Environmental Protection Specialist


Growth: 7.8 %
Salary: $73,230

High School Teacher


Growth: 3.8 %
Salary: $62,870

Lawyer


Growth: 4.0 %
Salary: $126,930

Life Scientist


Growth: 4.6 %
Salary: $82,000

Medical Scientist


Growth: 6.1 %
Salary: $91,510

Medical and Health Services Manager


Growth: 31.5 %
Salary: $104,280

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

I am a future

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).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

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.

Tuition calculator

The ASU Online tuition calculator is currently being updated. For the most accurate estimate, please visit the ASU tuition calculator.

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

The ASU Online tuition calculator is currently being updated. For the most accurate estimate, please visit the ASU tuition calculator.

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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