Online Biology Courses and Schools

Read on to learn how you can get started in an online biology degree program. Get additional details about what you'll study and how you can select a program that's right for you. Schools offering Biology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Online biology courses and programs usually broaden a student's knowledge of living forms and organisms. Biology degrees can provide individuals with a good educational foundation for postgraduate studies in medicine, health or other science-related fields. Students can find a variety of online biology courses and schools.

Degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees in biology available online
Courses Ecology, genetics, infectious disease, molecular genetics, chemistry and more
In-person Requirements Hands-on training through lab work and internships

What Are My Degree Options in an Online Biology Program?

Online biology programs are most commonly available at the master's degree level. You can also earn a degree online in a specialized field of biology, such as wildlife biology. These programs are usually available at the bachelor's level. Other online biology programs prepare you to teach biology at the middle school, secondary and postsecondary levels. In these programs, your major is typically science education with an emphasis in biology. A sample of programs are listed below:

  • Mississippi State University (Mississippi State, Mississippi) offers an MS in general biology designed for secondary school teachers.
  • Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona) houses an online BS in biological science program that is recommended for pre-med students.
  • The University of Nebraska - Kearney (Kearney, Nebraska) has an online MS program for professionals in biological sciences who might benefit from a master's degree.
  • The University of New England (Biddeford, Maine) offers an online biology course that satisfies the biology prerequisite in many science and health degree programs.
  • The University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida) offers an online BA in biology designed for students going into health or science, but not medical, veterinary or dental school.

What Biology Courses Are Available Online?

Courses in online biology programs include:

  • Biology I
  • Chemistry I
  • Statistics
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Physics

Other courses might include ecology, plant pathology, symbiosis, genetics, conservation, environmental biology, mycology, infectious disease and freshwater management. Courses in the biology teaching programs may include molecular genetics, math for scientists, chemistry and life science theories, teaching practices, sample projects for teachers, ichthyology, physiological ecology and seminars in science education. In specialized fields like wildlife biology, your classes may include biology of mammals, ecology, wetlands, wildlife conservation, geology, genetics, environmental economics or fishery biology.

Is Hands-on Training Required?

For some programs, you may have to travel to the college's campus to complete labs. Other forms of hands-on training may include internships; some programs require you to complete both exploratory and intensive internships. Exploratory internships let you explore various career options in the biology field, while intensive internships give you the practical, hands-on experience you need to enter the workforce. Depending on the school, you may have to travel to an off-campus location to complete your internships in the field.

How Do I Select an Online Biology School?

To enroll in a master's degree program, you typically need to have earned a bachelor's degree in biology from an accredited institution, so you should be sure to check admission requirements when selecting an online program. You also may want to look for schools that offer online programs in the area in which you wish to specialize, such as teaching or wildlife biology.

You may also want to consider the technology requirements or class presentation methods. To enroll in an online biology program, you typically need basic computer knowledge and must purchase the required hardware and software equipment. Before the program begins, you should be prepared to learn through online streamlining, videos and tutorials. You also need to have access to Internet and an e-mail account in order to complete assignments and communicate with instructors.

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  • Capella University

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  • Harvard University

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    • Massachusetts: Cambridge
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    • Pennsylvania: Philadelphia