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: https://sols.asu.edu/degree-programs/accelerated-bachelor-master-science.
Due to the high volume of overlap in curriculum, students enrolled in a Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Life Sciences may be restricted from declaring a concurrent degree within the school. Students should speak with their academic advisor if they have any questions.
Biological Sciences (BS)
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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:
- veterinary medicine
Graduates may enter positions in:
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:
|Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary||15.2%||$78,240|
|Biological Scientists, All Other||8%||$76,690|
|Clinical Research Coordinators||9.9%||$118,970|
|Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health||11.1%||$69,400|
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||7.5%||$59,170|
|Medical and Health Services Managers||20.5%||$98,350|
|Physicians and Surgeons, All Other||11.4%||#|
* 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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