Earn Your Degree in Biological Sciences at GCU
The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree program from Grand Canyon University (GCU) provides an animal conservation-oriented general science track that can help you pursue a career in STEM. This program is ideal if you are curious about the natural world and desire to improve the world through the application of biological principles.
Biological sciences majors will be taught to seek answers to questions that will help us better understand and live in this world. Explore areas like molecular and cellular functions, genetics, ecology, microbiology, organisms and more. This degree serves as the first step for students to enter into a biology, natural, and/or life sciences-related field. Gain foundational knowledge in multidisciplinary science, as well as the skills to develop hypotheses, design experiments, use instruments/tools, work in labs and engage in research. A degree in biological science can prepare you for a career path that focuses on the collection, evaluation, interpretation and application of scientific data.
A career path in biological sciences can lead to challenges and discoveries in areas that make a difference like health and disease, global climate change, sustainability, environmental conservation and threats to species, among many others.
Courses and Curriculum for Biological Sciences Majors
Curriculum in the BS in Biological Sciences program from GCU introduces you to general biology, general chemistry and fundamental physics. As you move through your program, you will engage in topics, such as:
- Genetic principles
- Biodiversity analysis
- Cross-disciplinary applications of biology
- Basics of ecosystem science
- Animal diversity including vertebrates
- Animal behavior
- Conservation biology
Many courses include both a lecture and a lab, which can prepare you to apply theories and concepts learned in class to projects outside of class The program ends with a capstone course where you have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned throughout the program to a hands-on, practical project in a specific area of biology and interest. You can expect the capstone course to be rigorous and writing intensive for strong learning outcomes.
The STEM faculty that I worked with still remember me! So, even today I get to have full-on conversations with them. It’s really nice to know there's always somebody who has my back.
Career Opportunities for Biological Sciences Bachelor Degree Graduates
The bachelor’s in biological sciences degree from GCU provides a foundation for students to further explore and specialize within an area. Potential career opportunities include the following occupations:
- Life, physical and social science technician
- Natural sciences manager
- Forensic science technician
- Biological scientist
- Agricultural technician
These career paths may have different requirements, and some may require further education or training, but a Bachelor's of Science in Biological Sciences degree can be a great starting point for a variety of career paths in science, healthcare and environmental fields.
Some graduates may also choose to move right into graduate studies to build specialized knowledge and advanced skill sets in areas such as biological/academic research, biotechnology, wildlife management and other natural science-related fields.
Benefits of GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
Earning your biological sciences bachelor degree can open a door of possibility for careers in natural sciences, environment and world. You may even choose to advance your education to enter into human-oriented, life and health sciences.
At GCU, you will receive an education with a faith-integrated learning environment, following a curriculum based on a Christian worldview. This is a unique aspect to GCU where a faith focus deepens a student’s understanding of God and the universe to advance faith-science inquiry. Faith guides students in shaping complex thoughts, ideas and practice through scientific exploration and discovery. You will engage in dialogue surrounding ethics and values in regard to biological and natural science principles and decision making, as well as more advanced topics at the interface of faith and science.
GCU’s campus offers STEM-focused learning facilities equipped with modern labs. From the very beginning of your program, you will have access to equipment and tools that facilitate experiential and project-based learning beyond the confines of the classroom.
BS in Biological Sciences FAQs
Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions about our biological sciences bachelor degree to help you make an informed decision about your educational journey.
1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Biological Technicians, retrieved on March 7, 2023.
2 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Natural Sciences Managers as of May 2021, retrieved on March 23, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as natural sciences managers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.