Bachelor of Science in Biology
Housed on the second and third floors of the Horace C. Smith Building at USC Upstate, the Biology program has impressive modern facilities and equipment. Six labs and a large herbarium are available for classes and research activities. Recent acquisitions include a molecular imager, plate reader, a real-time PCR machine and a flourescent microscope.
The Biology curriculum at USC Upstate includes introductory and upper level courses such as comparative anatomy and physiology, invertebrate zoology, botany, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, immunology, plant taxonomy, animal behavior, ecology, developmental biology and senior seminar. Support courses are taken in chemistry, physics, mathematics, foreign language, arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences and computer science. Opportunities also exist for undergraduate research with faculty.
A Bachelor of Science in Biology involves the successful completion of 120 credit hours, including completion of supporting courses in chemistry and mathematics. More information is available below regarding specific biology major and minor degree requirements. Students may track their progress towards graduation in the biology major and each pre-professional program using the Degree Completion Worksheets.
Clubs & Organizations
The Biology department supports several activities for students, including the Science Club and the Health Professionals Club. These clubs take trips, carry out service projects and conduct social events.
Students who major in Biology look forward to careers in a wide range of fields including research, quality control, microscopy, teaching and consulting. Students who enjoy the outdoors may go into marine biology, forestry, fisheries and wildlife management, park management, soil conservation service, environmental monitoring or other occupations at the local, state and federal level. Internships may be available to help students decide on career options.
With further training, Biology students find rewarding careers in health-related fields such as medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assisting, optometry, dentistry or veterinary medicine. Other students may elect to continue their education in graduate programs in preparation for research, public service or education careers.