What Is a Bachelor Degree in Biological Sciences?
Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree program provides a non-human, health-oriented science track for students who want to pursue an impactful career in STEM. This program is ideal for students who are curious about the natural world and desire to improve the world through the application of biological principles.
Biological sciences majors will learn 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, life and/or health sciences-related field. Gain foundational knowledge in multidisciplinary science, as well as the skills to develop hypotheses, design experiments, use instruments/tools, work in a labs and engage in research. This career path also focuses on the collection, evaluation, interpretation and application of scientific data.
A career path in biological sciences can lead to challenges, yet rewarding discoveries in areas that make a difference like health and disease, global climate change, sustainability, environmental conservation and threats to species, among many others.
What subjects are included in the biological sciences bachelor’s program? The program’s curriculum introduces students to general biology, general chemistry and fundamental physics. Moving through the program, students will engage in these subject matters:
- Principles of Genetics
- Analysis of Biological Diversification
- Interdisciplinary Applications of Biology
- Fundamentals of Ecology
- Vertebrate Zoology
- Animal Behavior
- Conservation Biology
Most courses include both a lecture and lab, so students can apply theories and concepts learned in class to projects outside of class. The program ends with an Applied Field Research and Capstone Thesis in Biology courses. In these courses, students have the opportunity to apply that they’ve learned throughout the program to a hands-on, real-world project in a specific area of biology and interest. Students can expect the capstone course to be rigorous and writing intensive for strong learning outcomes.
What Can You Do With a BS in Biological Sciences Degree?
GCU’s bachelor’s in biological sciences degree provides a well-rounded 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
- Biological technician
- Chemical technician
- Environmental science and protection technician
- Forest and conservation technician
- Museum technician and conservator
Students may also choose to move right into graduate studies to build specialized knowledge and advanced skill sets in areas such as biological/academic/hospital research, medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, forensic science, wildlife management and other health- or natural science-related fields.
Why Earn Your Bachelor of Biological Science at GCU?
Earning your Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences opens a door of possibility for a meaningful career path for those passionate about the natural sciences, environment and world. Students may even choose to advance their education to enter into human-oriented, life and health sciences.
At GCU, students also earn their degree within a values-based, faith-integrated learning environment, following a curriculum based on GCU’s 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. Students also engage in dialogue surrounding ethics and values in regard to biological and natural science principles and decision making.
GCU’s campus offers state-of-the-art STEM-focused learning facilities equipped with modern labs. Students have access to high-tech equipment and tools for outside-of-the-classroom, project-based learning experiences.
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.