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Biology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Spartanburg, SC, United States
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. 

Overview

Curriculum

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.

Degree Requirements 

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.

Careers

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Comparative Anatomy And Physiology
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Botany
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Plant Taxonomy
  • Animal Behavior
  • Ecology
  • Developmental Biology 
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Foreign Language
  • Arts And Humanities
  • Social And Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Senior Seminar

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    61

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  • Minimum required score:

    500

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General Requirements

Transcripts

  • International applicants must also provide official copies of school transcripts or certificates of satisfactory study (such as "A" or "O" levels, baccalaureate, bachillerato, Abitur or other school certificates). 

Sufficient Funding

  • The Office of Undergraduate Admissions must receive official documents (originals, not photocopies) that certify that the student will have sufficient funding to attend the University of South Carolina for one calendar year.

Credential Evaluation

  • Students who have attended post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities outside of the United States are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all work completed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11355 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    11208 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5604 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Spartanburg

  • 948 - 1650 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

Financial aid programs at USC Upstate make it easier for many students to attend school who could not do so if left entirely to their own resources. The three general categories of federally-sponsored financial aid programs offered by the University to qualified undergraduate students include loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs.

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