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We offer a variety of flexible programs, both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees. Our Preprofessional health track is another great option. Our team of excellent advisors are also here to answer any questions.
B.S. & B.A. in Biological Sciences - Both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences cover the spectrum of biological organization through classroom, laboratory, and fieldwork. The B.S. is a more comprehensive degree and is preferred for those who will continue in graduate programs. The B.A. provides a strong foundation in biology and is ideal for students desiring a more liberal education. They are both excellent courses of study for those who wish to enter professional school. They both require coursework in calculus, physics, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, evolutionary biology, and plant and animal diversity. They also both require that students take courses in the areas of physiology, cell biology, and ecology. The major distinctions between the two degrees include additional major course requirements for the B.S. while the B.A. requires four semesters of a foreign language (or its equivalent) and a minor.
Entomology Emphasis in Biological Sciences (B.S.) - Entomology is the biological discipline devoted to the study of insects. Insects are by far the largest animal group and can be found in virtually every habitat on earth. They are significant as transmitters of human and other animal disease, as pests on crops and other plants and are vital to the stability of the ecosystem. Our Entomology Emphasis of the B.S. degree is distinct from the standard B.S. in Biological Sciences in that an insect diversity course substitutes for the normal animal diversity course, there are specific requirements for insect morphology and taxonomy plus additional course work in entomology to be selected from a defined list. Comparative physiology is recommended to fulfill the physiology requirement of the major. In addition, many Entomology courses are cross-listed in Biological Sciences, allowing any student to receive credit in their major for courses about insect science.
Prepharmacy Emphasis in Biological Sciences (B.S.) - This curriculum is suited for students who want to receive a bachelor's degree before applying to a college of Pharmacy. The Prepharmacy Emphasis of the B.S. degree is distinct from the standard B.S. in Biological Sciences in that specific courses in human anatomy, animal physiology, microbiology, chemistry, and economics are required.
Prerehabilitation Sciences Emphasis in Biological Sciences (B.A.) - This curriculum is suited for students who want to receive a bachelor's degree before applying to a rehabilitation sciences program. Prerehabilitation sciences include physical therapy, occupational therapy, communication sciences and disorders, physician assisting, and allied health areas. This curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of these programs in the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina and other professional schools. The Prerehabilitation Sciences Emphasis is distinct from the standard B.A. in Biological Sciences in that specific courses in human anatomy and physiology and the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BSL) for Healthcare Providers certification are required. See here for information about the BSL. Depending on the graduate program sought, other recommendations include particular courses in exercise physiology, foreign languages, health sciences, mathematics, microbiology, movement science, with psychology as the minor recommendation.
Quantitative Biology Emphasis in Biological Sciences (B.S.) - Mathematics has always been a tool of biologists, but in the "informatics" age, quantitative approaches are more important than ever. This emphasis area reinforces the B.S. in Biological Sciences with courses in mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, and bioinformatics. First, students take two calculus courses, the second of which is oriented towards mathematical modeling. This is followed by a course in modeling applications of partial differential equations, which can analyze rates of change in space as well as in time. Next, two statistics courses give the student a firm understanding of statistical principles and experimental design. An introduction to bioinformatics explores how online molecular databases can identify unknown molecules by comparison to known ones, predict the location of genes, and study how genomes evolve. Finally, a summary course reviews use of quantitative techniques in biology, and the student does a capstone research project on a current quantitative biology topic.
Toxicology Emphasis in Biological Sciences (B.S.) - Toxicology is the scientific study of the adverse effects of drugs, foreign agents, and chemicals in the environment. Toxicologists study the absorption and distribution of the foreign substance in the body, how the body metabolizes and eliminates these substances, and the mechanisms of action of these substances. Environmental toxicology is the study of the decomposition, fate and effects of contaminants in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. The Toxicology Emphasis is distinct from the Standard B.S. in Biological Sciences in that an introductory and advanced toxicology course, a quantitative analysis course with the lab, an environmental chemistry course, and an additional toxicology course are required. In addition, one of the animal physiology courses is recommended to fulfill the physiology requirement of the major.
Double major in Biological Sciences/Secondary Education (B.A.) - The B.A. in Biological Sciences and Secondary Education-Biological Sciences degree prepares students for teaching biology on the secondary school level and for graduate studies in any of the life science areas.
Microbiology (B.S.) - Microbiology deals with the study of bacteria, viruses, yeasts, filamentous fungi, protozoa and unicellular algae. Microbes are significant not only for their role in infectious disease, but are essential for nutrient recycling in the ecosystem, in which they make up the majority of the biomass. Bacteria are commonly used in industry and in bioremediation of contaminated environmental sites. Both the standard MICRO and the Biomedicine Conenctration curricula are excellent courses of study for graduate or professional school. Both require courses in calculus, physics, chemistry including organic, and biochemistry. Both also require microbial diversity and ecology, pathogenic microbiology, microbial genetics, and bacterial physiology as recommended by the American Society of Microbiology. The standard degree requires a course from a select list in each of the following areas: 1) biomedicine, 2) environmental microbiology, 3) food safety, industrial, and technology, and 4) virology.
Biomedicine Emphasis in Microbiology (B.S.) - The biomedicine Concentration is especially suited for students interested in the study of infectious diseases and are planning postgraduate programs in medicine. It allows for functional human anatomy in place of one semester of introductory biology and requires courses in genetics, cell biology, immunology, virology, and carcinogenesis and aging. In addition, the concentration requires additional biomedical courses from a select list.