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


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.


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

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.

Popular Minors

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


Outside-the-classroom activities include participation in one or more of our clubs, independent research projects, internships and study abroad opportunities.

 Each summer, Professor John Hains travels to the Clemson University Archbold Field Station on the island of Dominica and offers a course that introduces students to tropical ecosystems and habitats of the Nature Island of the Caribbean.
 Each year, a select number of students travel to Costa Rica to work under the supervision of physicians and dentists. Students acquire hands-on medical/dental experience and learn about the Costa Rican health care system.
 Clemson's Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta serves students whose intent is to continue on to various health careers. This organization serves to prepare and expose interested students to medicine, dentistry and other health care disciplines.
 The department offers an online, non-thesis Master of Biological Sciences designed specifically for K-12 teachers. This program is fully in a distance-learning format, and lectures are available 24/7.


  • Tigers for Tigers


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.


  • 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


  • Research Laboratory Technician

    Alpha Genesis Inc.

  • Marketing Product Specialist

    Instrumentation Laboratory


  • 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


    • 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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