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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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.
Does my biology and society degree 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.
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.
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.
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).
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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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