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College of Arts and Sciences


Biological Sciences

Biology is, quite simply, “the study of life”.  A natural science, biology is concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy.  The origins of modern biology can be traced back to ancient Greece.

At the University of South Carolina, the Department of Biological Sciences was established in 1906.  It offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.  Specialties include Integrative Biology; Plant Biology; Cancer Biology; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Biotechnology; and Bioinformatics.

Students have exciting research opportunities on such research projects as cancer biology, global climate change, and environmental microbiology.   The Biological Sciences department also supports the popular ScienceLab outreach program for middle- and high-school science students, who are given a lab experience on campus similar to what they would receive in college.

Graduates of the Department of Biological Sciences are pursuing careers in academic institutions, research institutes, governmental agencies, health facilities, industry, and public education.  New directions in the field are leading to careers in biotechnology, forensic science, policy and politics, environmental pollution prevention, bioinformatics and computational biology, science writing and communication, and art.  Job growth is especially expected in biotechnology and molecular biology.

For more information, contact:

The Undergraduate Office of the Department of Biological Sciences, 803-777-2852

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