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Department of Biological Sciences

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First-Class Instruction 

Internationally recognized research projects and first-class instruction are the hallmarks of the University of South Carolina’s Department of Biological Sciences. All of our faculty members teach undergraduate students, who give high marks to the overall quality of instruction in the department. You'll learn from faculty members whose specialties include integrative biology; plant biology; cancer biology; molecular, cellular and developmental biology; biotechnology and bioinformatics.


Research Opportunities

Research is a large part of our department, and you'll find plenty of opportunities to participate, even as an undergraduate student.

Exciting student research opportunities abound on such cutting-edge research projects as cancer biology, global climate change and environmental microbiology. Several hundred undergraduate and graduate students in the past decade have co-authored publications describing the results of their research. Many of our undergraduates with research experience go on to top graduate and professional programs in the country.

Internationally recognized research projects include the Center for Colon Cancer Research, which has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Coastal Ecological Forecasting Project, which has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.