The Biology degree provides students insights into how life and physical sciences intersect in the real-world. Opportunities to conduct hands-on research into cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, this program prepares students to pursue advanced degrees or career in a variety of scientific fields.
The BS program in biology, with an emphasis in the natural sciences, examines these disciplines through experiential learning, and all of the program's core courses include laboratories. By learning in an integrative environment that emphasizes the connectedness of the life sciences, students gain a better understanding of larger scientific concepts and can view these concepts from multiple perspectives.
Students are encouraged to conduct independent research under the mentorship of faculty members or during internships. Some even publish in top journals and present their results at scientific meetings.
Graduates are prepared for employment with state and federal agencies or private organizations such as biomedical laboratories and environmental consultancies, or to enter graduate or doctoral programs in human or veterinary medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or scientific research.
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Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
This program prepares graduates for a wide range of careers by offering course and laboratory work and quantitative research opportunities that develop fundamental problem-solving, critical thinking, writing and communication skills. Graduates may enter careers in:
- laboratory or field research
- scientific journalism
Undergraduate laboratory experience, both on and off campus, enhances employability as a laboratory technician or research associate in university and government research laboratories; in hospital and diagnostic laboratories; and in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agricultural and food processing companies.
Students engaged in field studies are prepared for entry-level positions in private companies and state and federal agencies (e.g., wildlife biologist, environmental consultant or conservation officer).
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:
|Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary||7.5%||$86,140|
|Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary||15.2%||$78,240|
|Biological Scientists, All Other||8%||$76,690|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||9.9%||$77,190|
|Climate Change Analysts||11.1%||$69,400|
|Clinical Research Coordinators||9.9%||$118,970|
|Communications Teachers, Postsecondary||10%||$66,510|
|Forensic Science Technicians||16.8%||$57,850|
|Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary||12.5%||$60,400|
|Education Teachers, Postsecondary||10.3%||$64,020|
|Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health||11.1%||$69,400|
|Environmental Restoration Planners||11.1%||$69,400|
|Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary||9.6%||$76,360|
|Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary||7.8%||$87,420|
|Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary||9.5%||$87,380|
|Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists||7.2%||$103,990|
|Natural Sciences Managers||9.9%||$118,970|
|Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary||25.9%||$97,870|
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||7.5%||$59,170|
|Water Resource Specialists||9.9%||$118,970|
|Life Scientists, All Other||9.2%||$74,540|
|Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists||13.4%||$82,090|
|Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||7.5%||$57,720|
|Molecular and Cellular Biologists||8%||$76,690|
|Dentists, All Other Specialists||13.3%||$190,840|
|Physics Teachers, Postsecondary||10%||$87,340|
|Biochemists and Biophysicists||11.5%||$91,190|
* 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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