Bachelor of Science Major in Biological Sciences

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  • Credential: degree
  • Credits: 120
  • Next start: monthly

As the demand for highly skilled professionals in the health science field increases, Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Science Biological Sciences Major (BSc-HS) will prepare you to pursue or further a professional career in areas such as health sciences, research and development, and biodiagnostics.

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About Bachelor of Science Major in Biological Sciences

The Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences Major is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in various professional career paths, such as health sciences, research and development, and biodiagnostics. This flexible program allows you to finish in as little as 2 years, or at your own pace, offering a diverse range of courses including physiology, genetics, and nutrition, and includes innovative home and virtual lab options for added convenience.

Admission requirements

There are no formal admission requirements for this program. All you need is to be 16 or older. You can enrol anytime and start right away, regardless of your previous education.

Program details

Overview

As the demand for highly skilled professionals in the health science field increases, Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences Major will prepare you to pursue or further a professional career in areas such as health sciences, research and development, and biodiagnostics.

The program includes courses in:

  • physiology
  • sexuality
  • genetics
  • health
  • nutrition

Like other Bachelor of Science programs, this program has some courses with lab components. However, our labs are offered to promote flexibility for students. We have developed home lab kits for some of our science courses. In addition, some of our courses have virtual labs. A few labs do require on-site attendance, but we have made it as flexible as possible by condensing the lab and also by allowing students to complete multiple labs in 1 trip.

Why take the Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences Major?

The program will prepare you for the science-based world of today and the increasing technological demands of the future by offering you a diversity of courses from across the discipline and allowing the flexibility to choose courses in your area(s) of interest.

AU's Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences Major may be used to meet the entrance requirements for pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, and pre-veterinary programs offered at other universities across Canada. Entrance requirements vary among educational institutions. Check with your desired university for the entrance requirements.

Routes and options

The Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences Major is equivalent to a 4-year degree program. There are no set start dates - you can enrol at any time and register for courses right away.

For students in the Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences Major program wishing to combine 2 majors, all requirements of both majors must be fulfilled. The choice of major may restrict course selection or require the completion of more than 120 credits.

Available minors

You now have the option of combining the Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences Major with minors, which may enhance your studies by providing background in a complementary discipline or broadening your education to prepare for a career in emerging areas such as environmental health, sustainable architecture, finance, computing, or bioinformatics. Students can select from the following minors:

Post-diploma route

The post-diploma route is an option for students presenting a 2-or 3-year science or computing related diploma who wish to pursue a university degree to further their academic studies. For example, if you already have an approved science-related technician or technology diploma in allied health or nursing, you can take the shorter post-diploma route.

Please note: If you hold a science-related diploma that is more than 10 years old from an approved college or technical institute, you may gain admission to the Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences Major post-diploma program if a current resumé and letter from your supervisor/employer provides evidence of currency in the field since the diploma was awarded.

Completion times

Finish this program in as little as 2 years (post-diploma route) or 4 years (degree route) of full-time study, or work at your own pace and take as long as you need. There is no time limit for completion. The program may be completed faster if transfer credit is applied toward your degree.

How to apply

You can apply to AU online, anytime. Once you’ve completed the online application form and paid the one-time general application fee (and transfer credit evaluation fee, if applicable), you’re officially an AU student and can start registering in courses.

How to enrol in an undergraduate program

Transfer and advanced credit

Students holding a 2 or 3-year science or computing related diploma from an accredited college may receive a minimum block of 30 credits. Depending on the content of the diploma, up to a maximum of 60 credits may be transferred to the Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences Major post-diploma program.

Students without a major or minor route may also receive a block of 30 plus individual transfer credit up to a maximum of 60 or a block of 60 credits.

Request and send your transcripts if you want us to consider your previous post-secondary education for transfer credit.

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