Gain state-of-the-art expertise in original research and in your field of biological sciences while you prepare for work as a professional scientist.
Join a cutting-edge research program committed to advancing knowledge and discoveries in all aspects of biology, from the cellular and genetic level to the organismal and environmental levels. All Ph.D. students receive financial support. You will graduate prepared to pursue a career in academia, education, government research or industries related to biology.
Hone valuable research skills in our advanced programs with opportunities to teach, present and publish.
Join the Graduate Association of Biological Sciences, which seeks to enrich the student experience with a variety of ongoing activities.
Benefit from the engaged faculty and staff members who work endlessly to foster a collaborative program.
A Notable Faculty
Learn from face-to-face instruction by expert faculty members currently researching in their respective fields.
What You’ll Study
Specialize in stem cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, cancer biology, biology of cellular stress, plant biology, ecology, evolution or marine biology. Address significant, unanswered questions, and share your research findings through peer-reviewed publications, presentations and grant proposals. Defend a research-based dissertation.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making
Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner
Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems
Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions
Preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations to inform, persuade or inspire
Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Academic Researcher/Teaching Faculty
- Medical Researcher
- Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology Researcher
- Project Manager
- Federal Institute Administrator
- Environmental Scientist
Job Titles of Alumni
- Assistant Professor
- Environmental Health Manager
- Research Ecologist
- Research Scientist
- Postdoctoral Researcher
- Vice President of Biometrics
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $85,630
- University Research
- Medical Research
- Biotechnology Research
- Pharmaceutical Research
- Natural Resources
- Marine Biology
Employers of Alumni
- University of South Carolina
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Duke University Medical Center
- Envigo ++++