Why choose an online Biology OR Microbiology & Cell Science Degree?
Please refer to the major specific pages linked below for detailed information about these individual degrees, Biology and Microbiology & Cell Science.
The biological science majors combine the faculty and resources of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to prepare undergraduates for careers in the biological sciences, advanced study in professional and graduate schools, productive citizenship and leadership, and lifelong learning. In relation to your career goals and educational interest, you can choose from two online biological science degrees, each being comprehensive, and emphasizing the diverse forms, processes, and systems of life. UF Online offers both a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Cell Sciences.
What are the differences between a Biology and a Microbiology degree?
Bachelor of Arts in Biology
UF Online’s Bachelor of Arts in Biology is offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)
The CLAS Bachelor of Arts in Biology is a flexible degree that is best suited for students interested in a career in:
- The allied health professions
- Interdisciplinary fields such as environmental or biotechnology law, science journalism, and bioscience management
This program is interdisciplinary in nature and offers students a broader approach to biology
This curriculum is not designed for those interested in attending professional schools such as medical, dental or veterinary
The B.A. requires less preparation in mathematics, chemistry and physics
The B.A. in Biology degree draws on a large variety of life science courses across 17 academic departments. Students have access to a diverse group of faculty-scholars, a great variety in electives and many choices of focus
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Cell Sciences
UF Online’s Bachelor of Science in Microbiology is offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS)
UF is home to the largest microbiology department in the U.S.
Earning a online bachelor’s degree in microbiology will allow you to pursue careers in areas such as:
- Pharmaceutical Industries
- Healthcare and Diagnostics
Additionally, an online microbiology bachelor’s degree may allow you to continue onto professional studies in medical school, pursue a master’s, or a doctoral degree. This will open opportunities in:
- Biomedical Research
- Veterinary Science
Note: Please contact professional schools to which you plan to apply to inquire about their criteria for admissions
Departmental scholarships available for online students
Paid summer research internships available
This degree combines online lectures with laboratory courses that may be taken either in-person or online. Microbiology labs can be completed in residence at UF in Gainesville, Florida or through an online format.