Biology is the study of life, and a major in biology is as diverse as life itself. You may be interested in studying at the cellular level, or you may be interested in looking at mammals as large as elephants. You may want a better understanding of human biology, or you may be more interested in plants. With a major in biological sciences you’ll take on course work that will help you understand the breadth of biology, but you'll have great flexibility to tailor the program to your specific interests. We offer both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences. The Bachelor of Science is a more comprehensive science degree and is preferred for those who wish to pursue scientific careers, enter professional school or continue into graduate programs requiring a strong science foundation. The Bachelor of Arts provides a strong foundation in biology and is ideal for students planning a career in health care, law, policy or secondary science teaching.
- Clemson offers a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biological sciences.
- As a Bachelor of Arts student, you can choose to double major in biological sciences and secondary education.
- As a Bachelor of Science student, you can pursue a B.S./M.S. degree program and begin working on your master’s in bioengineering as an undergraduate.
- Our students have a chance to study abroad on the island of Dominica.
- We have the largest number of students who graduate with departmental honors.
- Biological sciences is the most popular major for students preparing for medical or dental school admission.
WHAT YOU'LL STUDY
The beauty of the biological sciences major is its flexibility! Begin with the basic sciences and later take classes that will tailor the degree to your interests. The difference between the two degrees is that the B.A. requires foreign language classes and a minor. Plus, each offers different emphasis areas.
Bachelor of Arts options
Pre-Rehabilitation Sciences Emphasis: Suited for students who want to receive a bachelor’s degree before applying to a rehabilitation sciences program.
Double Major: Prepare to teach biology or go to graduate school with a double major in biological sciences and secondary education, science teaching.
Bachelor of Science options
Entomology Emphasis: Students choosing this emphasis take on course work in insect morphology and taxonomy plus additional course work in entomology.
Pre-pharmacy Emphasis: Suited for students who want to receive a degree before applying to a college of pharmacy.
Toxicology Emphasis: Focus on toxicology courses, and delve into quantitative analysis and environmental chemistry.
Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program: Apply graduate class credits toward both a Master of Science in bioengineering and a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences.
EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Outside-the-classroom activities include participation in one or more of our clubs, independent research projects, internships and study abroad opportunities.
CONNECT WITH OTHER STUDENTS
Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.
WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE
Greenville Health System
Orthopaedic Medical Device Sales Representative
DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)
Emergency Department Medical Scribe
High School Teacher
KIPP Delta Public Schools
RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
M.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Doctor of Chiropractic
Palmer College of Chiropractic
Master of Communication Disorders
South Carolina College of Pharmacy
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
M.S. Marine Biology
Florida Atlantic University
University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College
University of Washington
COMMON CAREER AREAS
- Health Care
- Environmental Management and Conservation
- Biological Careers
- Forensic Science
- Politics and Policy
- Business and Industry
- Science Writing and Communications
FIND OUT MORE
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