The Department of Biological Sciences offers opportunities for majors and minors,
as well as opportunities to participate in research, study abroad, and advance your
career before graduation.
Our students are a very driven group. Close to 75 percent of students majoring biology
at USC identify as pre-med or pre-dental, and biology majors make up a large percentage of
Honors College students. This is a challenging program and our students are enthusiastic.
Being part of that group means you'll get a lot out of your education.
As a biology major, you'll take an assortment of general education courses, a 2-semester
introductory biology course, three courses broadly focusing on ecology and evolutionary
biology, cell and molecular biology and genetics, plus additional biology courses
selected based on your specific interests and educational goals. As a biology student,
you'll also take courses in general and organic chemistry and mathematics. You'll
have assistance from a department advisor who will also monitor your progress.
In addition to a biology major, the department offers two minors.
The neuroscience minor is designed for students going into graduate studies in neuroscience, biomedical
sciences, animal behavior, or psychology, students going into medicine, and students
simply interested in gaining a better understanding of their own interactions with
the world. The minor will provide opportunities to develop a strong background of
how the nervous system works from the social and behavioral to the cellular and molecular
A biology minor can expand your options for employment or graduate school or provide you with a more
You'll meet with your advisor at least once before each semester. During these meetings,
you'll also be advised on special academic matters such as petitions, transfers, appeals,
and graduation. We encourage you to seek the advice of a faculty advisor any time
during the academic year.
Your advisor can help you explore everything this department has to offer, from research
opportunities to accessing funding.