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Courses and Academics

Preston courses cover a number of Carolina Core requirements in a small class environment. Residents are not required to sign up for any of these courses, but are highly encouraged to do so.

Research Grants

Current and former residents can apply for a grant that offers up to $500 to fund a research project. The Magellan Explorer grant is offered in spring and fall and can be used for salary, materials, supplies, and/or travel expenses. Get the full details about the grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research.


Fall 2022 Courses

Although not required, Preston-only courses give our residents an exclusive opportunity to learn together and focus on topics of particular importance to them. Check your welcome email (sent in late May/early June) for information about pre-registering for these courses.

Introductory survey of macromolecules, cell structure and function, genetics, and molecular biology. Must enroll in BIOL101L in the same semester.

Fulfills Carolina Core SCI

Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
BIOL101.SL1 19000 20 T/R 1:15 pm-2:30pm COKER 005 M. Dhameja
BIOL101Lab 19004 20 M 3:55pm-6:40pm JONES 125 K. Hogan
Basic biological concepts and issues for non-biology majors. 
Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
BIOL110.SL1 22271 20 M/W 3:30pm-4:20pm JONES 210 M. Dhameja
BIOL110Lab     R 2:50pm-4:50pm JONES 320 M. Dhameja

Fairy tales, legends, and Disney movies have played an important role in the childhood of many American children throughout the 20th and 21st centuries; however, have you ever considered re-examining these pieces analytically, putting both your nostalgic feelings and rose-colored glasses aside? ENGL101- Reading and Writing about Disney as 20th-21st Century American Fairy Tales will first focus on close reading fairy tales and legends of European, Middle Eastern, and Asian cultures before considering Disney movies (both the animated originals and live action adaptations) as contemporary America’s response to the fairy tale/legend genre. 

 Fulfills Carolina Core CMW 

Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
ENGL101.A01 10459 19 M/W/F 10:50am-11:40am PRESTON 125 K. Carroll

An introduction to and survey of the basic concepts and findings within the field of psychology.

Fulfills Carolina Core GSS

Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
PSCY101.SL1 20672 19 M/W/F 2:20pm-3:10pm GAMBRL 153 S. Levens

U101 is an award-winning course designed to help you make a successful transition to the University of South Carolina, both academically and personally. It aims to foster a sense of belonging, promotes engagement in the curricular and co-curricular life of the University, highlights what the University and its faculty expect from students, and helps you develop and apply critical thinking skills. U101 provides a unique introduction to UofSC and serves as a great way to learn and interact with students and faculty in the Preston Residential College community. Each section will be taught by a Preston Associate.

Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
UNIV101.A01 11935 19 T/R 10:05am-11:20am PRESTON 125 A. Tavakoli
UNIV101.A02  11938 19 T/R 2:50pm-4:05pm PRESTON 125 C. Giraudy


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