Biological Sciences at South Carolina

Internationally recognized research projects and first-class instruction are the hallmarks of the biological sciences department.

What to Expect

You will develop a broad base of skills in chemistry, plant and animal science, cellular and molecular biology, ecology and evolution. You will experience lecture-style courses with supplemental laboratories to gain additional hands-on experience. You can also elect to get involved in field research and field classes.

In addition to the challenging standard curriculum, biological sciences majors have the opportunity to be exposed to an unusually strong core of marine sciences.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B  B.S. in Biological Sciences

With almost 50 teaching and research professors, as well as adjunct faculty, the Department of Biological Sciences provides the expertise, the modern facilities and the flexible curriculum needed to train students in many fields of biology.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a bachelor's degree in biological sciences:

  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and I
  • Essentials of Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II
  • Elementary Statistics
  • General Physics I and II
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Fundamental Genetics

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The Department of Biological Sciences offers both master's and doctorate-level degrees in biological sciences.

M  M.S. in Biological Sciences

Graduate Director: Jerry Hilbish, hilbish@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Patricia Earley, 803-777-2755, pe@biol.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

D  Ph.D. in Biological Sciences

Graduate Director: Jerry Hilbish, hilbish@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Patricia Earley, 803-777-2755, pe@biol.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.