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Natural Sciences

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences helps you to build a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and earth science. This entirely online science program gives you hands-on, at-home laboratory exercises to complement the concepts covered in the classroom. You’ll be taught the history and philosophy of science as well as the scientific method that is essential to research. This online bachelor’s degree helps you develop your skills in scientific analysis, research, communication, and documentation, and study the relationship between the human and the natural world. Knowledge gained from this program can be applied to careers as a scientist, biologist, laboratory technician, or manager, or to pursue higher-level graduate study in the natural science fields.

In addition, the B.S. in Natural Science meets all content standards of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) for secondary science education. Therefore, upon completion of this program, you will be eligible to pursue teaching certification through a post-baccalaureate program in education if your goal is to become a high school or middle school science teacher. (This is not a teacher-preparation program and does not lead to licensure. It only covers the needed science content.)

This program has specific transfer credit requirements, including time limits on previous courses completed.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Some courses in this program have additional laboratory course materials that are not covered by our undergraduate book grant. View the Materials Cost information below for details.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates:

  • Demonstrate a solid foundation in the theory and application of the natural sciences.
  • Apply the scientific method and appropriate tools to investigate and solve problems.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in assessing and evaluating problems.
  • Formulate scientific models and apply them to solve problems or provide insights into complex issues.
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative methods from the scientific domains.
  • Use quantitative techniques to solve complex problems.
  • Effectively communicate scientific findings verbally and in writing, to both scientific and lay audiences.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Biology

In addition to the general biology courses required in this major, this concentration offers advanced courses to enable you to study biology at a deeper level across multiple scales. The concentration investigates the principles of genetics, heredity, and biological evolution, as well as the structure and function of organisms from the single cell to the complex mammals.

Sample Courses

  • BIOL241 - Cell Biology
  • BIOL342 - Evolutionary Biology with Lab
  • SCIN211 - Principles of Genetics with Lab
  • EVSP416 - General Ecology
  • BIOL240 - Elements of Biological Chemistry
  • BIOL301 - Molecular Biology
  • SCIN400 - Research Methods in Natural Sciences
  • BIOL322 - Developmental Biology
  • GEOG200 - Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems I
  • SCIN202 - Introduction to Microbiology
  • SCIN311 - Fishery Biology
  • SCIN206 - Marine Biology
  • SCIN310 - Vertebrate Zoology
  • SCIN314 - Botany
  • SCIN402 - Ornithology
  • SCIN403 - Plant Science
  • SCIN490 - Independent Study - Natural Sciences
  • SCIN316 - Plant Identification, Taxonomy, and Systematics
  • SCIN360 - Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • SCIN401 - Mammalogy
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Earth Science

In this concentration, you will study the relationship between the physical, chemical, and biological processes operating in and on the Earth. You will learn about the history of the Earth and the evolution of systems such as the oceans and atmosphere, as well as detailed information about soils, streams, weather, and climate. The relationship between humans and the Earth is examined from multiple perspectives.

Sample Courses

  • ERSC206 - Weather and Climate
  • GEOG200 - Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems I
  • SCIN138 - Introduction to Physical Geology with Lab
  • SCIN261 - Introduction to Planetary Science with Lab
  • ERSC301 - Hydrology
  • ERSC204 - Earth System History
  • ERSC305 - Ocean and Atmospheric Dynamics
  • SCIN400 - Research Methods in Natural Sciences
  • ERSC302 - Geomorphology
  • ERSC401 - Natural Hazards and Society
  • EVSP416 - General Ecology
  • EVSP310 - Water Science
  • EVSP311 - Soil Science
  • ERSC303 - Conservation of Natural Resources
  • GEOG201 - Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems II
  • SCIN490 - Independent Study - Natural Sciences

Admission Requirements

  • All AMU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the AMU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.

Material Costs

As an natural sciences student, you will be participating in hands-on, at-home lab exercises, which require you to purchase additional course materials. The estimated total cost of these materials is $1,076, plus shipping and taxes. These materials are not covered by our university undergraduate book grant.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

View Tuition and Fees Details  

*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, AMU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.