Biological Sciences – BA

Earn your degree in biology online in a program that emphasizes the perspective of the rapidly changing North

The Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences combines an in-depth study of the science of life with an interest in the human condition. Our online biology degree is also distinguished by hands-on research experiences and close collaboration with professors and peers.  When you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and practical experience it takes to excel in graduate school or in a variety of careers related to biological sciences.

Who Is the Online Bachelor of Arts in Biology Designed For?

The online bachelor’s degree in biology is ideal for students who are interested in the science of life, and thinking about pursuing careers in fields such as health care, biotechnology, environmental monitoring, botany and field biology. The B.A. requires fewer credits in natural science and more credits in the social sciences and humanities than the B.S. in Biological Sciences. This biology major also pairs well with minors such as digital journalism, business, emergency management, art and psychology (all available online).

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.
  • The fully online program can only be completed without a concentration but there are many classes to choose from according to your interests and professional goals.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S)


  • In Person (B.S., B.A.)
  • Hybrid (B.S., B.A.)
  • Online (B.A., B.S.)

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Complete your Biological Sciences degree online

I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to take Principles of Genetics online since I work an 8-5 job and am also a caregiver for my mom. The course was thoughtfully organized with clear expectations and the instructor and lab TA were readily available for questions. The video lectures are engaging and divided up by topic in manageable segments. The assignment schedule was great and was structured to help students keep up with the workload. Since I had been out of academics for quite a while, an online biology course gave me cause for concern but I was able to keep up with the workload and I felt engaged all semester.

Amy McKenzie

Administrative Assistant in Fairbanks

Online Classes at UAF

At UAF, online courses typically do not have set meeting times but do have weekly deadlines. While there are some standard practices, each course is designed by the instructor to best teach the material. Most courses run the full length of the 16-week semester.