Online Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences – Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

Are you interested in learning how animals, including humans, function, think and behave? Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with a concentration in neurobiology, physiology and behavior delves into the world of animal biology, uncovering the ecological, evolutionary and biomedical aspects that shape their function. With hands-on experiences, world-class faculty and opportunities for research and internships, you'll emerge prepared for a multitude of careers and advanced studies in the biological sciences.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 40

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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Discover how animals and humans function, think and behave

In this program, you'll delve into the workings of animal and human biology, gaining a comprehensive understanding of how we function, think and behave. With courses emphasizing ecological, evolutionary and biomedical knowledge, you'll learn how to apply core scientific concepts. Graduates can use this understanding in an array of fields ranging from chemistry and human physiology to neurobiology and veterinary science.

Additionally, you’ll become equipped with a set of multidisciplinary skills, including:

  • Analyzing social behavior.
  • Collecting data and other lab functions.
  • Completing technical reporting.

Please note that this program’s organic chemistry lab course includes a seven-day, in-person component. These in-person science labs take place in the summer and provide you with valuable laboratory experience, building your technical skills and your ability to work in teams in a lab setting.

Who’s a good candidate for this program?

If you're fascinated by the intricacies of physiological function, including the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, nervous, immune or renal systems, and are eyeing a career in the biomedical field, this program may be a good fit for you. This program is also applicable to those interested in animal behavior, aiming for careers in wildlife management, zoos, animal conservation and training. If you're drawn to understanding animals in the context of ecological and evolutionary changes, such as their responses to climate change, or if you're considering a future in veterinary science, you're an ideal candidate for this program.

How this program compares to our neuroscience degree

As an NPB major, you’ll explore a broader and more integrated approach to the study of life sciences compared to ASU’s online Bachelor of Science in neuroscience degree. While neuroscience focuses intensively on the nervous system, particularly human neural functions and clinical implications, this program spans various physiological systems from cardiovascular to renal and emphasizes a comparative study across species.

This program also integrates ecological and evolutionary perspectives into organismal function, appealing to pre-health students, aspiring veterinarians and those interested in conservation biology and ecology. In contrast, our neuroscience degree concentrates on psychology and the clinical aspects of neural system function. This program, therefore, provides a more comprehensive exploration of biological sciences, ideal for those seeking a holistic understanding of life's mechanisms.

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.”

Biology plus neurobiology, physiology and behavior courses

In this program, you'll dive into a rich curriculum designed to deepen your understanding of biological sciences. You'll start with foundational courses in calculus and statistics, which are essential for analyzing complex biological data. Moving forward, you'll engage in immersive, in-person lab courses in organic chemistry and biology, where you'll apply theoretical knowledge to practical experiments. These hands-on experiences will enhance your understanding of fundamental biological concepts, from cellular structures to organismal functions, preparing you for advanced studies and research in the field.


The variety of jobs you’ll be prepared for

As an NPB major, you'll graduate with critical thinking skills and a strong foundation for research, graduate studies and professional programs in medicine, veterinary science and more. You'll also be prepared for roles in hospitals, government laboratories, research institutes and industries, such as food, dairy, chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology. Potential career paths include, but aren’t limited to:

Biological Sciences Professor


Growth: 8.6 %
Salary: $81,650

Family Practice Medical Doctor (FP MD)


Growth: 3.7 %
Salary: $211,300

Fish and Wildlife Biologist


Growth: 3.0 %
Salary: $67,430

Genetic Counselor


Growth: 16.1 %
Salary: $89,990

High School Teacher


Growth: 1.0 %
Salary: $62,360

Neurologist


Growth: 3.2 %
Salary: $224,260

Physical Therapist (PT)


Growth: 15.1 %
Salary: $97,720

Physician Assistant (PA)


Growth: 26.5 %
Salary: $126,010

Veterinarian (Vet)


Growth: 19.7 %
Salary: $103,260

Learn alongside professional leaders in biological sciences

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 alongside professional leaders in biological sciences

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

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You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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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.

Earn your biological sciences degree from a leading university

As a part of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Life 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.

$170 million


in research expenditures in 2022.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

100+


undergraduate degrees.

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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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