Biological Sciences

Bachelor's Degree Program

Earn your biological sciences degree from a comprehensive program driven by research and close collaboration with renowned professors. UAF’s emphasis on undergraduate research and small-class environments ensures you’ll gain practical experience in the classroom, the lab and the field to prepare for graduate school or employment in a variety of positions.

Gain knowledge across different areas of biology and enjoy the flexibility to choose from several concentrations, including physiology, ecology and molecular biology. Work closely with world-recognized faculty on specialized research projects. Study in the natural laboratory that is Alaska or, complete the biological sciences degree completely online and with the flexibility of your own schedule.

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Why Study Biological Sciences at UAF?

As a biological sciences major at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, you’ll access the research power of a flagship research university with the personal attention and interaction of a small college.

Here are more reasons to earn your bachelor’s in biological sciences at UAF:

  • Get specialized training to prepare you for careers in the unique cultural and geographic context of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
  • Gain specialized research experience working with faculty who are recognized throughout the world in their fields of expertise.
  • Concentrate your biological sciences degree according to your interests and professional goals, with focus areas including biomedical science, ecology and molecular biology.


Choose from a variety of concentrations

  • The biological sciences degree exposes you to different fields of biology, and you’ll have the ability to choose from several concentrations, including cellular and molecular biology, physiology, biological science and ecology.

Gain real experience, guaranteed

  • As a biological sciences major, you’ll have a guaranteed capstone research project that can be customized to your interests and goals. Through this project, you’ll gain valuable research experience, often alongside an esteemed faculty member.

Conduct research in the living laboratory of Alaska

  • UAF offers more opportunities for undergraduate research than many larger universities and access to unique research initiatives, including in our International Arctic Research Center. Collaborate with professors who have appointments with major research institutes. Study in the natural laboratory of Alaska and investigate firsthand the effects of climate change.


Complete your Biological Sciences degree online

Online biology degree example projects

In our Principles of Genetics class you’ll conduct genetic sequencing at home using loaner kits in order to answer questions relevant to your life. Some online courses also include virtual field trips to ecosystems within Alaska.

In our Behavioral Neuroscience Research capstone class, you can study the biology of mental health using a mouse colony bred for this purpose. Our online capstone in Community Ecology teaches you to apply meta-analysis to answer an ecological question of your choosing.

Learning online at UAF

Earn your bachelor’s degree online for in-state tuition no matter where you live. Our online programs connect you with professors and peers in a way that makes you feel like you’re right here in the classroom, giving you the flexibility to earn your degree while balancing career and family time. Find out more and apply to begin your major in biology today.

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Cost for the online degree in biology

The estimated cost of the online bachelor’s in biology program based on current rates is $43,700.

See what your dollars go toward on the UAF eCampus Tuition and Fees page.

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What Can You Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences?

A degree in biological sciences from UAF prepares you for advanced study in graduate and professional programs and careers in health, environment, science education and research. Biological sciences graduates work as biotechnologists, marine biologists, research scientists and science educators.



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