Online Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences – Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology

Arizona State University’s online Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with a concentration in genetics, cell and developmental biology is a one-of-a-kind degree that combines the study of three essential areas of life science. You’ll gain a deep understanding of genetics, cells and developmental biology to prepare you for careers in medicine, biotechnology or medical research.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 01/08/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 40

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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Why study genetics, cell and developmental biology?

This program is the first of its kind to integrate three related areas of life science research:

  • Cell biology.
  • Developmental biology.
  • Genetics.

The combined study of genetics, cell biology and developmental biology can help lead to a better understanding of diseases, regeneration and aging. This concentration requires coursework at the intersection of genetics, genomes and developmental biology. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for graduate and professional degrees in genetics, medicine and genomes.

This bachelor’s degree can also be completed as part of an Accelerated Master’s program. When accepted, you can earn a master’s degree in as little as one year after completing your undergraduate degree. This opportunity saves you time and money while giving you advanced knowledge in your field. Applicable master's degrees include:

What are cell biology and developmental biology?

 

Genetics is the study of genes and the science of heredity or traits passed down from one generation to the next. As you study genetics in this program, you’ll examine the blueprints of life and critical information such as what makes living things unique, how diseases develop and how and when organisms live, survive and thrive.

Similarly, developmental biology uses both genetics and cell biology to understand how multicellular organisms grow, develop and interact to produce a whole new individual from a single cell. This program provides you with an understanding of various developmental changes that organisms undergo throughout life.

What will I learn in this genetics degree?

 

You’ll explore different areas of biology and examine biological questions of interest. You’ll also gain knowledge of fundamental concepts in biological sciences, chemistry, physics and statistics. Additionally, you’ll develop the scientific process and critical thinking skills necessary for a variety of different careers.

This program is ideal for students interested in studying classical genetics, genomics, molecular biology, developmental biology, evolution, biochemistry, cellular biology or regenerative medicine.

Will my diploma 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.”

Genetics, cell and developmental biology courses

Courses are designed to give you a strong foundational knowledge of the fundamental concepts found within the biological sciences, genetics, chemistry, physics and statistics. Your biological sciences courses include a suite of innovative learning technologies and interactive virtual labs. One example of this is Dreamscape Learn, a collaboration between Dreamscape Immersive and ASU that takes you on virtual reality 3D and 2D experiences. Courses may include:


BIO 360: Animal Physiology


BIO 420: Immunology: Molecular and Cellular Foundations


MBB 440: Functional Genomics


BIO 440: Functional Genomics


MIC 420: Immunology: Molecular and Cellular Foundations


BIO 353: Cell Biology


BCH 361: Advanced Principles of Biochemistry


BIO 351: Developmental Biology


Career outlook

As a graduate of this online bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, you’ll be well-equipped to enter into a variety of career fields, including genetics, biotechnology and medicine. You’ll also be prepared to continue your education in hopes of becoming a physician, dentist, veterinarian or pharmacist. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

Biological Sciences Professor


Growth: 8.6 %
Salary: $81,650

Clinical Trial Manager


Growth: 4.8 %
Salary: $144,440

Cytotechnologist


Growth: 4.9 %
Salary: $57,380

Epidemiologist


Growth: 26.7 %
Salary: $78,520

Genetic Counselor


Growth: 16.1 %
Salary: $89,990

Geneticist


Growth: 3.9 %
Salary: $87,300

High School Teacher


Growth: 1.0 %
Salary: $62,360

Medical Scientist


Growth: 9.8 %
Salary: $99,930

Learn from leading experts in biology

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 leading experts in biology

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.

How to apply

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 general admission to most online programs at 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 Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at 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 Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

The largest and most diverse college at ASU

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.

25,000+


currently enrolled students.

$140


million in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

Tuition calculator

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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