Biological Sciences (Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology) (BS)
Accelerated Program

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 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.

This program is available as an accelerated degree program: https://sols.asu.edu/degree-programs/accelerated-bachelor-master-science.

Degree Offered

Biological Sciences (Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology) (BS)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Location
Tempe

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Career Outlook

Students who pursue this concentration have a variety of career options. This degree provides the fundamental coursework necessary for admission into medical, dental, veterinarian, pharmacy or graduate schools or any of the health professions. There also are many employment opportunities that can be pursued upon receipt of the Bachelor of Science with this concentration:

  • animal breeder technician
  • bioinformaticist
  • biotechnologist
  • cell culture specialist
  • cloning technician
  • crime lab technician
  • cytotechnologist
  • drug design technician
  • food and drug inspector
  • genetic counselor
  • histologist
  • in-vitro fertilization technician
  • plant improvement specialist
  • teacher
  • technical writer
  • vaccine development technician

Students in this concentration program learn critical-thinking skills that can be applied to many scientific problems and professions as well as to the challenges of daily life. Students are encouraged to engage in independent research projects or internship opportunities in order to develop a better sense of how science is done.

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 15.2%$78,240
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9%$118,970
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Cytotechnologists 11.5%
Epidemiologists8.8%$69,660
Family and General Practitioners 14.3%$198,740
Fuel Cell Engineers 8.8%$85,880
Fuel Cell Technicians 5.2%$62,230
Geneticists8%$76,690
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9%$118,970
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians 11.5%
Water Resource Specialists 9.9%$118,970
Life Scientists, All Other9.2%$74,540
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4%$82,090
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5%$98,350
Microbiologists8.2%$69,960
Molecular and Cellular Biologists8%$76,690
Pharmacists5.6%$124,170
Physical Therapists 28%$86,850
Physician Assistants 37.3%$104,860
Biochemists and Biophysicists 11.5%$91,190
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 11.4%#
Technical Writers 11%$70,930

* 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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