Biological Sciences (Biology and Society) (BS)
Accelerated Program

The BS program in biological sciences with a concentration in biology and society focuses on training biology students to understand the social context of their science and to ask how and why a biological problem has been and should be studied. Students explore the ways in which policy decisions shape and are shaped by biological research and they investigate the meaning and significance of the life sciences in understanding our complex world.

The biology and society curriculum is highly individualized. This unique degree is home to world-class researchers and teachers in diverse fields, including bioscience ethics, history and philosophy of science, science communication, science education and science policy, all brought together under one program. Students have the opportunity to work with many renowned scholars in independent study and research projects.

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 (Biology and Society) (BS)
Liberal Arts and Sciences, The College of

Tempe, Online

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

Biology and society students gain the historical, philosophical, political and ethical perspectives needed to explore interactions between the life sciences and related, complex human issues. As a result, the program contributes to better informed and more effective teachers, writers, policymakers, clinicians and researchers in areas related to biology, medicine and society.

As a result of the individualized, skill-based curriculum, biology and society graduates are eligible for a broad range of career options. Most have chosen to pursue professional degrees in medicine, law, public health or public policy, or to pursue graduate study in biology, ethics, education or history and philosophy of science. Graduates enter the workforce, whether in academia, industry, government or clinical practice, with a deep sensitivity to the complexity of biology in society and the skill to navigate that complexity throughout their careers.

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
Bioinformatics Scientists2.2%$85,290
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 9.3%$85,600
Community Health Workers 15.2%$42,000
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 7.8%$73,230
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.8%$62,870
Life Scientists, All Other 4.6%$82,000
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 6.1%$91,510
Medical and Health Services Managers 31.5%$104,280

* 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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