Biological Sciences – BS

Earn your biological sciences degree from a comprehensive program driven by research and close collaboration with renowned professors

This hands-on, research-intensive Bachelor of Science program offers a modern and global perspective, delivered from our unique location in the rapidly changing subarctic. UAF’s online program prepares you for a wide range of careers related to biology or to continue your studies. Upon graduation, you’ll have the tools necessary to be successful in graduate school or a professional program such as medicine, veterinary medicine, or dentistry.


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

The online B.S. in Biology degree is a good fit for students who are interested in studying the science of life, and looking forward to working in fields such as biotechnology, wildlife and environment, health care and field biology. Depending on your interests and career goals, you might also be interested in learning more about our Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, which requires fewer credits in natural science and more credits in the social sciences and humanities than the B.S. degree.

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:

  • Experience the environment of Alaska through video and description, gaining specialized skills and training for careers in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
  • Learn from experienced faculty whose research programs include ecosystem ecology, species interactions, microbial biology and human health.
  • Engage in undergraduate research experiences (including a capstone research project) that address key challenges in the region, such as rapidly changing ecosystems and the need for innovative healthcare delivery.
  • 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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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.