Biological Sciences (BS)
Accelerated Program Concurrent Program

The life sciences involve the study of the basic organization and processes of life (microbes, plants and animals) at scales ranging from molecules to ecosystems and in time from picoseconds to millennia. This includes investigations into how hereditary information is transferred and organisms evolve, the interplay of organisms and their environments, and how these factors interact in health and disease.

Students interested in a degree in life sciences can opt for a BS in biological sciences or choose one of five concentrations:

  • biology and society
  • biomedical sciences
  • conservation biology and ecology
  • genetics, cell and developmental biology
  • neurobiology, physiology and behavior

This program is available as an accelerated degree program:

Due to the high volume of overlap in curriculum, students enrolled in this degree are not permitted to declare a concurrent degree combination with any other program within the School of Life Sciences. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.

Degree Offered

Biological Sciences (BS)
Liberal Arts and Sciences, The College of

Tempe, Online

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Career Outlook

The biological sciences major with no concentration is designed for students who are committed to studying and training in multiple disciplines in biology and for students who want to get more exposure to the life sciences before deciding whether they want to declare a concentration as an undergraduate. Therefore, students in this major take core courses from several concentrations. Students in this major have more flexibility to customize their program of study so they can focus on their own area of interest that may not have a concentration, such as plant biology or genomics.

The biological science major provides an excellent foundation for graduate study as well as preparation for professional schooling in:

  • dentistry
  • medicine
  • pharmacy
  • veterinary medicine

Graduates may enter positions in:

  • biotechnology
  • education
  • government
  • industry

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 9.3%$85,600
Biological Scientists, All Other2.2%$85,290
Clinical Research Coordinators 4.8%$137,940
Dentists, General2.8%$158,940
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 7.8%$73,230
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.8%$62,870
Medical and Health Services Managers 31.5%$104,280
Veterinarians 15.9%$99,250

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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