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Department of Biological Sciences

Rudy Manke giving a nature lecture

Beyond the Classroom

We believe students can learn outside the classroom in a way that enhances their experience here and prepares them for life after graduation. In addition to plentiful research opportunities, students can participate in community outreach through the ScienceLab outreach program, study abroad and other biology related activities.

Graduate Association of Biological Sciences (GABS)

GABS is the representative body for graduate students in our department. Primarily, we provide representation for biology graduate students both within the department as well as at the university level. We're also involved in enhancing the scientific community at USC for graduate students by hosting departmental seminar speakers, holding our own scientific retreat at the coast, and conducting a weekly, informal, graduate student lunchtime seminar.


Interested in Undergraduate Study Abroad?

Undergraduates interested in study abroad and internship opportunities overseas can explore those options through the Study Abroad Office. Doing this will ensure that your experience is approved by USC. The Study Abroad Office has advisors who can help you find a pre-approved program so you can get academic credit for your experience. Students have studied all over the world. Studying abroad is a great way to enhance your education and open your eyes to other cultures.



A Biology degree is relevant to everyone. A solid foundation in biological principals is certainly of relevance to students interested in careers in some aspect of medicine, biologically relevant research, management of natural resources or teaching. But such a foundation empowers any citizen to confront issues of ever increasing complexity of medical care, environmental deterioration, bioethics, agricultural economics, public health or biotechnology. A major in biological sciences provides students with a broad education in the sciences and empowers students with knowledge critical to surviving life in the 21st century.

USC has several offices and web sites that can assist biology undergraduates with career decisions.

One of the professional applications for a degree in Biological Sciences is training in a hospital based Clinical Laboratory Science Program (also known as Medical Technology). If you are interested in considering this program, consult Cammie Steele in the CAS Undergraduate Dean’s Office located in Flinn Hall, for curriculum details (by email at

The Office of Pre-professional Advisement "gives USC undergraduates the competitive edge in gaining admissions to professional schools." For this service, "professional schools" means medical, dental, veterinary, etc. The Office of Pre-Professional Advisement is located in Sumwalt building Room 208 (next door to Coker Life Sciences) or you may contact them at 803-777-5581.

The CAS Career Development Program is associated with the USC Career Center, with well trained staff to help students with their career planning needs. The staff provides assistance with choosing a major, identifying career options, and developing job search skills. Both the CAS Career Development Program and the USC Career Center are located on the 6th floor of the H. William Close Building (Business School, near Capstone); visit, or contact the office at 803-777-7280, or by email at

This web site offers useful advice on many matters, including choosing a major, preparing a resume, finding jobs, preparing for graduate school and many more! The USC Career Center has well trained staff to help students with their career planning needs. The staff provides assistance with choosing a major, identifying career options and developing job search skills. The USC Career Center is located on the inside the Thomas Cooper Library; visit, or contact the office at 803-777-7280, or by email at


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