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Department of Biological Sciences

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A biology degree will give you a broad education in the sciences and empower you with knowledge critical for fields like medicine, management of natural resources, teaching, public health and more. 

Our Program

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a focused program of courses for students seeking an undergraduate degree in biology, as well as courses for students needing to satisfy specific requirements for other majors including nursing, pharmacy and public health, and courses with broad impact for students seeking to satisfy a science requirement for other programs. We offer a large number and variety of courses; around 5,000 university students take a course in our department at some point in their careers here.

Courses for both our undergraduate and graduate program are taught by a faculty of some 40 professors with exceptional academic backgrounds and expertise ranging from molecular and cell biology to organismal and environmental biology, from bacteria to plants and animals, from neuroscience and behavior to developmental biology and cancer.


Our Research and Funding Advantage

The Carnegie Foundation has designated the University of South Carolina as an institution of very high research activity, its highest rating. One of the biggest advantages of being part of a large university is the opportunity students have to participate in their professors' research projects. Faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences maintain dual lives as educators and researchers, and many of these research labs include undergraduate student researchers. Students can join laboratories as early as their freshman year. The student’s undergraduate research efforts can allow them to receive academic credit towards the progression of their major coursework. In many cases, students can also receive financial support for research, especially during the summer, from either research grants or from several competitive fellowship programs offered by the Department and University.

How students can get started:

  • Contact faculty members within the Department of Biological Sciences with active research programs in your area of interest.
  • Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research

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