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Preston Residential College

  • Academics in Preston

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 or travel expenses. Get the full details about the grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research.


Fall 2020 Courses

Although not required, Preston-only courses give Preston students an exclusive opportunity to learn together and focus on topics of particular importance to them. 

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  20451  20  T/Th 1:15 pm-2:30pm  COKER 005  M. Dhameja
BIOL101L.SL4 20458  20 Th 6:00 pm-8:45pm COKER 203 K. Hogan

 Fulfills Carolina Core CMW 

Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
ENGL101.A01 22551 12 M/W/F 12:00 pm-12:50 pm CLHIPP 450 TBD

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
PSYC101.SL1 23100 19 M/W/F 1:10 pm-2:00pm WMBB 231 M. McCall

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. These sections will be taught by our Residence Life Coordinator (section A02) and a Preston Associate (section A01).

Section CRN Seats Day and Time Location Instructor
UNIV101.A01 12210 19

T/Th 10:05 am-11:20 am

Preston 125 A. Tavakoli
UNIV101.A02 12215 19

M/W 03:55 pm-05:10 pm

Preston 125 A. Wieringa

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.