Bachelor of Science in Biological Science

Campus Locations Boston
Also available 100% Online No
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 160
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter (excl F1 visa applicants)
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes


Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Launch your career in biological science

The Bachelor of Science in Biological Science program is designed for students who wish to pursue a science-based career or continue their education by obtaining a graduate degree in a health- or science-related field. The Biological Science bachelor's degree program provides you with a strong foundation in both biology and chemistry.

This integrated BS program includes core classes in pre-calculus, physics, biology, microbiology, ecology, genetics and molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, chemical principles, organic chemistry, and analytical chemistry. You can tailor your learning experience by choosing from electives in biotechnology; immunology; genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics; and quality control and validation issues.

Career outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, biotechnological research and development should continue to drive much faster than average employment growth. While a doctorate is often required for many biological scientist positions, those with bachelor's degrees can pursue opportunities in biology-related fields such as:

  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Publishing
  • Research management

Undergraduates may also qualify for positions as science or engineering technicians, medical health technologists and technicians, or as high school biology teachers.

Interested in learning more about our bachelor's degrees and the pace yourself format? View our recently filmed webinar.

Core Curriculum

College of Professional Studies degrees* integrate a core set of course requirements that ensure all of our graduates possess a well-rounded educational background and understanding of the world. The core courses allow students to gain insights into disciplines other than their field of study, as well as develop expertise in written and oral communication and critical thinking.


Written Communication (12 q.h.)

Effective with the Fall 2013 term, all three English course requirements in the Written Communication area of the core curriculum will have a 1-credit writing lab co-requisite. This applies to all new and returning students.

Complete the following three courses and labs:

ENG 1004/1014 College English 1/ Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 1005/1015 College English 2/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 3006/3007 College English Workshop/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.

Diversity (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World* 3 q.h.
SOC 1110 Diversity 3 q.h.
SOC 1635 Race and Ethnicity 3 q.h.

Information Literacy (3 q.h.)

ITC Information Technology Elective 3 q.h.

Suggested courses:


ITC 1001 Intro to PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 2003 Advanced PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 1255 Human-Computer Interaction 3 q.h.
ITC 2020 Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management 3 q.h.

Mathematics (6 q.h.)

Complete a minimum of six quarter hours from the following courses:

MTH 1001 College Algebra 1 3 q.h.
MTH 2002 College Algebra 2 3 q.h.
MTH 2512 Finite Mathematics 3 q.h.
ECN 2001 Statistics 1 3 q.h.
ECN 2002 Statistics 2 3 q.h.

Ethical & Political Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h.
PHL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics 3 q.h.
PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h.

Science Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Choose one course with any one of the following prefixes: BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, PHY


Suggested courses:


BIO 1010 Biology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 1825 Biology Today: An issues Approach 3 q.h.
CHM 2105 Chemistry and the Environment 3 q.h.
ESC 1525 Energy for Today and Tomorrow 3 q.h.

Historical Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Strongly Recommended:


HST 3131 The World: 1945-Present 3 q.h.

Other choices:


HST 1003 Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 3213 Contemporary America 3 q.h.
HST 2205 Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience
3 q.h.


Total Core Curriculum: 33 q.h.

*Degree requirements vary. Some degrees require specific core choices.
See curriculum pages for more information.


Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.

Core Curriculum (33 q.h.)

Foundation Courses (19 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

MTH 2101 Pre-Calculus 3 q.h.
PHY 2301 Physics 1 4 q.h.
PHY 2302 Lab for Physics 1 1 q.h.
PHY 2501 Physics 2 4 q.h.
PHY 2502 Lab for Physics 2 1 q.h.

Complete six credits of electives from the following prefixes:


Major Courses (99 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

BIO 1010/1011 Biology 1 (Principles) & Lab 3/1 q.h.
BIO 1210/1211 Biology 2 (Diversity) & Lab 3/1 q.h.
BIO 1410/1411 Biology 3 (Animal) & Lab 3/1 q.h.
BIO 3010/3011 Microbiology 1/Lab 3/1 q.h.
BIO 3060/3061 Microbiology 2/Lab 3/1 q.h.
BIO 3210/3211 Microbiology 3/Lab 3/1 q.h.
BIO 3600 Ecology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 3610 Ecology 2 3 q.h.
BIO 3710 Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 3730 Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 3 q.h.
BIO 3711 Lab for Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 q.h.
BIO 4240 Cell Biology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 4250 Cell Biology 2 3 q.h.
BIO 4410 Biochemistry 1 3 q.h.
BIO 4610 Biochemistry 2 3 q.h.
BIO 4525 Lab for Cell Biology and Introductory Biochemistry 2 q.h.
BIO 4950 Senior Seminar 3 q.h.
CHM 1011/1012 Chemical Principles 1 & Lab 3/1 q.h.
CHM 1015/1016 Chemical Principles 2 & Lab 3/1 q.h.
CHM 2020/2021 Chemical Principles 3 & Lab 3/1 q.h.
CHM 2010/2011 Organic Chemistry 1 & Lab 3/1 q.h.
CHM 3015/3016 Organic Chemistry 2 & Lab 3/1 q.h.
CHM 3020/3021 Organic Chemistry 3 & Lab 3/1 q.h.
CHM 2100/2101 Analytical Chemistry of Biosciences/Lab 3/1 q.h.

C omplete 16 credits of Biology/Biotechnology electives from the following prefixes:

BIO, BTC 16 q.h.

Biotechnology Specialization

BTC 3110 Introduction to Biotechnology 3 q.h.
BTC 3210 Immunology 4 q.h.
BTC 4100 Introduction to Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics 3 q.h.
BTC 2330 Quality Control and Validation Issues 3 q.h.

Open Electives (9 q.h.)


Required minimum credit hours: 160 q.h.


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $60,480.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This bachelor’s program will prepare you for employment in government, industry, education, and health-related nonprofit organizations, as well as equip you to pursue graduate studies in a health- or science-related field.

Typical job titles may include:

  • Biological scientist
  • Agricultural and food scientist
  • Conservation scientist and forester
  • Engineering and natural sciences manager
  • Epidemiologist
  • Medical scientist
  • Postsecondary teacher
  • Health technologist or technician
  • Medical sales executive

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Demonstrate understanding of biological chemistry, cellular processes, genetic inheritance, organismal form and function, and evolution.
  2. Broad Integrated Knowledge
    Demonstrate understanding of the genetic and evolutionary processes responsible for organismal morphology and function.
  3. Intellectual Skills
    Apply the scientific method of inquiry and experimentation. Demonstrate understanding of biological mechanisms behind human health and broader environmental interactions.
  4. Applied Learning
    Analyze, differentiate, and incorporate hypotheses, controls, dependent variables, and independent variables into scientific problems.
  5. Civic Learning
    Explicate and present the relevancy of biological research and knowledge from local, national, and global perspectives.

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