Program Type: Minor
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Minors

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 fluorescent microscope.

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  • The Biology curriculum 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.

  • Students are required to complete twenty credit hours for the minor degree. Up to six hours (eight hours if lab courses) of General Education (<300 level) can be used to satisfy requirements of the minor.

    • BIOL U101 + BIOL U101L (4 credits)
    • BIOL U102 + BIOL U102L (4 credits)
    • BIOL U301 + BIOL U301L (4 credits)
    • BIOL U302 + BIOL U302L (4 credits)
    • 500-level Biology + Lab (4 credits) 
  • 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.