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Department of Biological Sciences

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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.

Biology Major

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. 


Biology Minors

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 levels.

A biology minor can expand your options for employment or graduate school or provide you with a more well-rounded education.



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.

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