The life sciences delve into 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. All Life Science degrees can be used to enter medical school. To find out more about pre-med facts visit our pre-med FAQ page.  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 Ways to attend class This program is available for on-campus students, online students and as an accelerated degree. The requirements and / or available classes are slightly different according to how you wish to attend class. Class requirements are listed below for on-campus students in the first section and online students in the second section.  Accelerated Bachelors and Masters degree Possible masters programs with links to descriptions are listed below. If you are interested in the requirements and how to apply please visit our accelerated degree program page. Concurrent degree restrictions:  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 for any further questions.

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, 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. All Life Science degrees can be used to enter medical school. To find out more about pre-med facts visit our pre-med FAQ page.  Possible masters programs with links to descriptions are listed below. If you are interested in the requirements and how to apply please visit our accelerated degree program page. 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 for any further questions.

The biomedical sciences concentration serves students in the biological sciences BS degree program who wish to pursue careers in medicine, other health professions or biomedical research in academic, clinical or industry settings. The curriculum aligns with the broad scientific competencies recommended for premedical students in a report of the American Medical Colleges and the Howard Hughes Medical Committee and reflected in the 2015 changes to the Medical College Admission Test. All Life Science degrees can be used to enter medical school. To find out more about pre-med facts visit our pre-med FAQ page.  Coursework draws from the school's concentration in genetics, cell and developmental biology and the concentration in neurobiology, physiology and behavior, with the addition of courses in biology and in medicine and society. The concentration focuses on chemistry, biochemistry, math and physics coursework that is necessary to prepare students for the MCAT and for medical school admissions. The concentration emphasizes core concepts, competencies and critical intellectual skills necessary to succeed in medical school or biomedical research. Ways to attend class: This program is available for on-campus students, online students and as an accelerated degree. The requirements and / or available classes are slightly different according to how you wish to attend class. Class requirements are listed below for on-campus students in the first section and online students in the second section. If you are interested in the accelerated degree program please visit our accelerated degree program page. Concurrent degree restrictions:  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 for any further questions.

Ecology is the study of the distribution and abundance of organisms, the interactions among organisms, and the interactions between organisms and the physical environment. Conservation biology is an applied science based on ecological principles that focuses on conserving biological diversity and on restoring degraded ecosystems. Arizona State University is committed to a more sustainable world, and sharing knowledge of conservation biology and ecology through the BS program in biological sciences with a concentration in conservation biology and ecology is one critical component to help meet this global challenge. Conservation biologists at ASU investigate the impact of humans on Earth's biodiversity and develop practical approaches to prevent the extinction of species and promote the sustainable use of biological resources. Some investigate the causes of ecosystem degradation and use ecological principles to reestablish desired conditions in a variety of ecosystems, including rivers, wetlands, grasslands, urban landscapes and forests. All Life Science degrees can be used to enter medical school. To find out more about pre-med facts visit our pre-med FAQ page.  This program is available for on-campus students, online students and as an accelerated degree. The requirements and / or available classes are slightly different according to how you wish to attend class. Class requirements are listed below for on-campus students in the first section and online students in the second section. If you are interested in the accelerated degree program please visit our accelerated degree program page. 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 for any further questions.

The BS degree program in biological sciences with a concentration in genetics, cell and developmental biology integrates the study of three exciting, closely related areas of life science research. Genetics examines the blueprints of life, such as DNA sequence and gene expression, while cell biology studies the machinery of life enclosed within the boundaries of cells. Developmental biology uses both genetics and cell biology to understand how genes and the environment interact to produce a whole new individual from a single cell as well as understand the various developmental changes that organisms undergo throughout life. The combined study of genetics, cell biology and development has resulted in a better understanding of many diseases and promises to prove even more important in the future. All Life Science degrees can be used to enter medical school. To find out more about pre-med facts visit our pre-med FAQ page.  This program is available as an accelerated degree. Classes for a typical four-year program are written below. If you are interested in the accelerated degree program please visit our accelerated degree program page. 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 for any further questions.

The neurobiology, physiology and behavior concentration serves students in the biological sciences BS degree program with a broad yet rigorous education. While it might seem that neurobiology, physiology and behavior are quite separate fields, the three interact extensively in living organisms to achieve common goals. By studying neurobiology, behavior and physiology from the perspectives of molecular and cellular biology, evolution, organ systems (neural, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, etc.) and the environment, students gain insight into how these aspects work together in a variety of ways. Students in this concentration also learn to apply principles from mathematics, chemistry and physics. Discoveries are made at the laboratory bench and in the field, and students in the concentration are encouraged to participate in research projects in the labs of our faculty members. All Life Science degrees can be used to enter medical school. To find out more about pre-med facts visit our pre-med FAQ page.  This program is available as an accelerated degree. Classes for a typical four-year program are written below. If you are interested in the accelerated degree program please visit our accelerated degree program page. 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 for any further questions.

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BS Microbiology

The BS program in microbiology combines the study of the branch of biology involving the smallest of living things (bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa and viruses) and immunology (the study of all aspects of the immune system). Despite their small size, microbes are fundamental to life on Earth and compose the majority of all Earth's life forms. In addition to their essential contributions to the natural world, microbes have been model experimental subjects due to their impact on human health and ease of manipulation in the laboratory. A significant portion of medical research employs microbiological and immunological methods in order to examine basic genetic and biological phenomena. The microbiology degree program places emphasis on understanding microorganisms and their interrelationships with other organisms in nature and on the influence of microorganisms in biomedicine and biotechnology. Students in the microbiology degree program study the background and current findings in the field of microbiology and also acquire the critical thinking skills and the hands-on laboratory and field skills required to succeed in science. The major provides excellent training for premedical, predental, preveterinary and prepharmacy students as well as advanced study in microbiology and immunology. All Life Science degrees can be used to enter medical school. To find out more about pre-med facts visit our pre-med FAQ page.  This program is available as an accelerated degree. Classes for a typical four-year program are written below. If you are interested in the accelerated degree program please visit our accelerated degree program page. Due to the high volume of overlap in curriculum, students enrolled in a BS 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 for any further questions.

The medical microbiology concentration serves students in the BS in microbiology degree program who aim to pursue careers in health professions, medical microbiology or biomedical research. The curriculum aligns with the scientific competencies recommended for premedical students in a report of the American Medical Colleges and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Committee and are also reflected in the 2015 changes to the MCAT. Coursework includes many of the courses in the microbiology major, including chemistry, biochemistry, math and physics, with some microbiology courses replaced by cell biology, animal physiology and courses that relate to human biology and society to emphasize core concepts, competencies and critical intellectual skills necessary to succeed in medical school or biomedical research. The concentration includes coursework that students need to prepare for the MCAT or medical school admission. All Life Science degrees can be used to enter medical school. To find out more about pre-med facts visit our pre-med FAQ page.  This program is available as an accelerated degree. Classes for a typical four-year program are written below. If you are interested in the accelerated degree program please visit our accelerated degree program page. Due to the high volume of overlap in curriculum, students enrolled in a BS 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 for any further questions.

The BS program in molecular biosciences and biotechnology encompasses many of the cutting-edge disciplines in life sciences research. Biotechnology is an exciting, rapidly growing field with major applications in agriculture (green biotechnology, leading to improved crops or production of vaccines in plants), health care (red biotechnology, leading to better therapeutics, diagnostics and personalized medicine) and industry (white biotechnology, leading to sustainable production of energy, enzymes and chemicals). This molecular biosciences and biotechnology degree program focuses on the interface between molecular biology and biotechnology. The interface drives major advancements in knowledge and applied research and development, such as the development of next-generation biomedical products or biofuels. Hands-on research and the capstone course with both science and business or entrepreneurial components round out this exciting program. All Life Science degrees can be used to enter medical school. To find out more about pre-med facts visit our pre-med FAQ page.  This program is available as an accelerated degree. Classes for a typical four-year program are written below. If you are interested in the accelerated degree program please visit our accelerated degree program page. 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 for any further questions.