Biological Sciences (B.S./B.A.)

ABOUT

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. 

FAST FACTS

  • 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.
  • We highly encourage students to participate in creative inquiry and/or undergraduate or directed research.
  • 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 four modern language courses and a minor. Plus, each degree offers different emphasis areas, though an emphasis area is not required.

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences provides a strong foundation in biology and is ideal for students desiring a liberal arts education emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach to a thorough understanding of the life sciences.

Bachelor of Arts with Pre-Rehabilitation Sciences Emphasis: Suited for students who want to receive a bachelor’s degree before applying to a rehabilitation sciences program.

Double Major (Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences and Science Teaching, Biological Sciences): Prepare to teach biology on the secondary school level and for graduate studies in any of the life science areas.

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in biological sciences provides students the opportunity to explore areas of biology and delve deeper into biological questions of interest. The Bachelor of Science in biological sciences curriculum prepares students for graduate study in any of the life science areas.

Bachelor of Science with Prepharmacy Emphasis: Suited for students who want to receive a degree before applying to a college of pharmacy.

Bachelor of Science with Toxicology Emphasis: Focus on the study of adverse effects of drugs, chemicals and other foreign agents on the body and the environment. 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.

Popular Minors

  • Business Administration
  • English
  • Genetics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

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.

 Participate in an all-intensive, discovery-oriented approach to learning through an individual or team-based investigation mentored by a faculty member.
 Our global learning experiences include health missions in Costa Rica and Panama, general microbiology in Poland and more.
 “Something Very Fishy” is a fully immersive arts and sciences outreach program for elementary school children in support of marine conservation.
 Gain teaching experience by serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant in laboratories offered by the Department of Biological Sciences.

AFTER GRADUATION

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.

RECENT EMPLOYERS

  • Medical Lab Scientist

    Lexington Medical Center

  • Team Technician

    Prisma Health-Upstate

  • Medical Assistant

    Renewal Dermatology and MedSpa

  • Rehabilitation Technician

    ATI Physical Therapy

  • Lab Assistant

    Pathology Consultants and Associates

  • Research Assistant

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Onsite Specialist

    Stryker

  • Research Laboratory Technician

    Alpha Genesis Inc.

  • Marketing Product Specialist

    Instrumentation Laboratory

RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

  • MD

    University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

  • MD

    Medical University of South Carolina

  • Pharm.D.

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Pharm.D.

    Presbyterian College

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Medical University of South Carolina

  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy

    Medical University of South Carolina

  • DMD

    Boston University

  • J.D.

    Villanova University

  • MD

    Northwestern University

  • DVM

    University of Tennessee

  • Master of Environmental Management

    Duke University

  • M.S. Microbiology and Cell Science

    University of Florida

COMMON CAREER AREAS

    • Research and Development
      • Basic
      • Applied
      • Quality control
      • Administration
      • Grant writing
    • Health Care
      • Medicine
      • Dentistry
      • Optometry
      • Podiatry
      • Pharmacy
      • Veterinary Medicine
      • Occupational therapy
      • Physical therapy
      • Medical technology
      • Nuclear medicine
    • Biomedical Sciences
      • Biophysics
      • Biochemistry
      • Cellular and molecular biology
      • Genetics
      • Immunology
      • Pathology
      • Pharmacology
      • Physiology
      • Virology
    • Organismal/Ecological Biology
      • Botany
      • Marine biology
      • Conservation biology
      • Ecology
      • Taxonomy
      • Zoology
    • Biotechology
      • Medicine
      • Agricultural
      • Food science
      • Environmental protection/regulation
    • Bioinformatics
    • Education
      • Teaching
      • Non-classroom education
    • Communication
      • Technical writing
      • Editing
      • Public relations
    • Legislation/Law
      • Regulatory affairs
      • Environmental law
      • Science policy
      • Nonprofit or public interest
    • Business/Industry
      • Technical and pharmaceutical sales
      • Management
      • Consulting
      • Marketing

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