Bachelor of Science in Biology
The Bachelor of Science in Biology is typically completed in four years of
full-time enrollment. During their freshman year, biology majors generally
enroll in Biological Science I (BIOL 101) and Biological Science II (BIOL 102).
During their sophomore year, students take Introduction to Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology (BIOL 301) and Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
(BIOL 302). Upon completing these prerequisites, students can choose from a
variety of upper-level biology courses to complete their degree. Course
descriptions can be read in the Academic
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
Research with a faculty mentor can assist in gaining
admission to graduate and professional schools. Students often present their
research at local and regional scientific meetings. Upper-level students
interested in conducting research should contact
a faculty member to learn more about funding
and research opportunities.
mission of the USC Upstate biology program is to provide a biological sciences
education in the framework of an undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. As a
metropolitan institution, we furnish our students with the knowledge, technical
skills, and expertise to contribute to society in the Upstate region of South
Carolina and beyond. The biology curriculum prepares students by promoting an
understanding of scientific methodologies, concepts, and applications,
preparing students for successful careers in research, healthcare, and industry
in a global environment.
Careers in Biology:
Information on career options in the biological sciences can be found
in the Bureau of Labor
Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.