Arizona State University Reviews - Biology

3.72 out of 5 stars
(24 Reviews)
  • Tempe (AZ)(and 4 others)
  • Annual Tuition: $18,629 - $28,336
86% of 24 students said this degree improved their career prospects
83% of 24 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Aimee W - 12/28/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015
"Arizona State University has a wonderful biology program. They give you the ability to choose the classes that interest you. I was able to take marine biology type classes in the middle of the desert! The professors are amazing and truly do care about each and every student. It is hard to find a university that not only has a wide variety of course but that houses staff that truly make an overall difference in your life."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Millicent Chandler - 8/12/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017
"I loved attending ASU! I transferred to ASU from Northern Arizona University (NAU) due to personal reasons and I am thankful that I received the last two years of my education at this university. I had wonderful, attentive, and caring advisors who helped me to make sure that I would succeed. While I had a difficult time with one or two professors, most of the professors that I worked with were fantastic! They were eager to work with any student that was putting effort into their education and made an effort to cater the lessons to their students. The prerequisite classes are quite large, but once you've had the opportunity to specify what major your working on the upper division classes are much smaller and allow for a much more personal atmosphere. My professors helped me to realize what aspects of Ecology I enjoyed and assisted me in finding the right opportunities for gaining experience in that field. ASU is also a large research university that has significant funding for all kinds of projects. Within a week of starting at the university, I was able to find a laboratory that needed volunteers. My lab manager helped me develop new projects and allowed me to explore as much as possible in the lab. He ended up writing me a letter of recommendation and helped me get into graduate school! The resources that ASU has to offer are extensive. They have three campuses and in my experience they really do try to make it as easy as possible to get your education. My experience at ASU was fantastic, but there are a few things that I will encourage those looking into their undergraduate programs and schools to look into: 1.) Don't be scared to ask questions. The advisors and the registrar office are there to help you. This is a large university with a ton of resources, but it ay not be the school for everyone. I had skype meetings and long email chats with many of those in these offices before deciding to enroll. Do your research because you are going to be spending a lot of time and money on your education and you want to make sure that you are confident in your choices. 2.) Not every teacher that you are going to have should be allowed to teach. One of the downfalls of going to a research university is that anyone doing research at this university is also required to teach. Unfortunately, it means that some of the professors suck. These were few and far between at my time at ASU, but they were still there. At first I found this extremely discouraging and thought that it reflected on the university poorly, but as I encountered more and more of the amazing professors that ASU had employed, I realized that it's simply impossible to have the best of the best in everything. If you have a terrible professor for one or two of your classes, I would recommend that you look into the other sections that this class is being offered in, keep your head down and just push through the semester, or go into office hours and make an attempt to develop a relationship with that professor. 3.) Don't limit yourself based on first impressions. ASU has tens of thousands of students, which means they offer a massive variety of classes. Go exploring! Take a humanities class that you would never have imagined would be a class, join a club that will teach you something new. ASU has a lot to offer and going in tunnel visioned or brushing an opportunity off because you didn't like what you saw the first time can put a damper on the experience. I am aware that not every university has the right environment for every student, but I think that ASU is large enough, diverse enough, and dedicated enough to give their students a great education. I loved my time there and I think that it deserves consideration from any student looking for their next step in life."
3.1 out of 5 stars
Kimberly Felker - 8/7/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2011
"I sought this degree as a pre-med student because of the complex nature of microbiology. After completing two years of medical school I was grateful for the vast amount of knowledge I had gained from this undergraduate program in microbiology. Microbiology is one of the most difficult subjects for medical students to master and with this undergraduate degree from Arizona State University I was prepared for the extensive amount of microbiology presented during the basic science years of medical school."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Keani Saito - 7/22/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2019
"Arizona State University was an amazing and very welcoming university. I was able to gain a vast knowledge of sciences and worked with many brilliant and talented professionals. While this university has the record of being the biggest university in the country, I was able to receive quality one on one time with professors at any appropriate time that worked with that professor. ASU had been a great experience that I will forever remember and cherish!"
4.3 out of 5 stars
Jessie Dwyer - 7/19/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2019
"I received a B.S. in Applied Biological Sciences at Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus. I thoroughly enjoyed the Polytechnic campus because it was much more intimate and accessible than the Tempe campus. The Applied Biological Sciences department within the College of Integrative Sciences was an incredible department with the best professors I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Each professor is open to discussion about their specialty and more than willing to help students further their academic career and prepare them for their future career. My major involved a lot of hands-on classes that allowed me to sculpt my skills with real-life examples and activities. I worked closely with software that will be extremely valuable to my research career, including R and GIS. I had been to many schools before the ASU Polytechnic campus, and this campus and degree has been the best experience, so far."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Kimberly Velarde - 5/16/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2020
"Attending Arizona State University was the best decision I have ever made in pursuing a career in science. I have been received so many opportunities since I began my journey at ASU. As a transfer student I was accepted into the LEAP scholars program where I am learning about biology education research. Recently our manuscript was sent for review and will lead to my first publication. Being a part of the LEAP program provided me with the opportunity to become a part of a neurovirology lab where I am studying the alphaherpes virus. Midway into my first semester at ASU I was informed of the opportunity to obtain a Master's in an accelerated program. As I am finishing my Bachelor's in Microbiology, I will be starting my Master's in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I have been provided with so many opportunities in only the 1 academic year I have attended ASU and feel glad to have chosen this school to guide me in becoming a great scientist."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Kathryn Didier - 2/4/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2019
"Really awesome degree programs, but ASU only cares about money! I am in triple digit debt, and for what? I had to ask 5 different teachers for letters of recommendations for graduate school because most said no. It is like.. they do not really care. I would email professors about meeting to discuss "next-steps" for after graduation and most did not answer me. I simply wanted to know how they got into the field they were in, I was interested in it for myself, and 3 separate professors ignored me. They go on and on about mentor-ship and opportunities but for the amount of money I paid them in tuition and fees, all I truly got was a headache. I learned really interesting material in class, but most of it was self-driven. I had to make my own schedules and independently study topics. I had to make my own class schedules, advising has no idea what they are doing. It is a lot of YOU doing for yourself, and that is fine and it prepares you for the real-world. But why am I in so much debt for a school that really did not do much for me?"
4.1 out of 5 stars
Shelby W - 12/28/2018
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2019
"ASU Polytechnic is a great study school with plenty of science programs to choose from, advisers to talk to, and a small campus feel that allows for easy formations of relationships with everyone you interact with. I really enjoyed gaining lasting mentors and connections."
3.4 out of 5 stars
BP - 9/29/2018
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2020
"The PhD in Biology at ASU is a thesis-based research degree. Current funding from the School of Life Sciences provides funds during years 1-5 during the Fall and Spring semesters, as well as tuition remission and health insurance coverage year-round. The PhD has few course requirements, which allows the student an opportunity to focus on his or her research projects. Unfortunately, many students take longer than 5 years to complete their PhD, where their funding is no longer guaranteed. Moreover, while the funding during the 9 months of the Fall and Spring semesters is guaranteed, there is no guaranteed funding for the summer months. Both of these concerns lead most graduate students to look to alternative sources of funding in the form of grants or part-time assistantships to support themselves throughout their PhD. While the health insurance coverage provides assistance with basic needs, chronic or severe medical issues, or the financial costs of child rearing may force a student to incur additional debt through loans."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Benjamin Maglajac - 7/31/2018
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2019
"Arizona State University is a great school with many amazing professors and research facilities. It is surrounded by the entirety of the greater Phoenix area, so there are so many opportunities for jobs and internships. ASU opens the door to so many possibilities."
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