Biological Sciences (BS)
Accelerated Program

The life sciences delve into 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.

Degree Offered

Biological Sciences (BS)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Location
Tempe, Online

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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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 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 also 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
Bioinformatics Scientists -0.4%$74,720
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 16.2%$74,580
Biological Scientists, All Other-0.4%$74,720
Clinical Research Coordinators 3.3%$120,050
Community Health Workers 14.9%$34,870
Dentists, General 18%$149,540
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 10.7%$66,250
Family and General Practitioners10.2%$180,180
Range Managers6.9%$61,860
Foresters8.3%$57,980
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary6.8%$84,090
Genetic Counselors 28.8%$67,500
Natural Sciences Managers 3.3%$120,050
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 9.1%$48,120
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Water Resource Specialists 3.3%$120,050
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
Life Scientists, All Other7.2%$69,100
Medical and Health Services Managers 16.9%$92,810
Microbiologists3.5%$67,790
Molecular and Cellular Biologists -0.4%$74,720
Park Naturalists6.9%$61,860
Pharmacists3.1%$120,950
Physical Therapists 34%$82,390
Physician Assistants 30.4%$95,820
Biochemists and Biophysicists8.2%$84,940
Soil and Water Conservationists 6.9%$61,860
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 14.9%#
Veterinarians8.9%$87,590

* 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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