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Graduate Students

The Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biological Sciences, Environmental Toxicology, and Microbiology, with emphases that comprise the vast range of research areas available within the department. An online M.S., designed specifically for teachers and other science educators interested in biological sciences, is also available.

The goals of our programs are to develop scientists with:

    • expertise in a specific research area
    • strong interdisciplinary skills in research design
    • critical thinking
    • communication skills  

Use the buttons below to learn more about the degrees offered through the Department of Biological Sciences.



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Watch a video from Bill Baldwin, professor and graduate program coordinator of biological sciences.



As part of the graduate program, you can expect the support you need to find success in your studies. Here are six ways the Department of Biological Sciences works with its grad students.

Dr. Baldwin's lab


Graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences will receive one-on-one training from their adviser and other faculty members chosen from inside and outside the department.

Neuron -  Dr. Feliciano's lab


Biological sciences is a broad, interdisciplinary field that joins many elements within the life sciences. Our graduate programs in Biological Sciences, Environmental Toxicology, and Microbiology represent that scope, with opportunities for innovative, collaborative research.

Graduate Faculty Research Interests

Graduate student diving in the Keys - Dr. Childress' lab


Class offerings within the department reflect the breadth of expertise among our faculty, including courses in microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, evolution, ecology and organismal biology. Additional courses are available from related departments on campus. Students pursue tailored, detailed plans of study that suit their individual career goals.

Plan of Study - Biological Sciences 
Plan of Study - Environmental Toxicology
Plan of Study - Microbiology 

Dr. Wei's lab

Professional Development

Whether writing a grant, presenting at a scientific conference, designing an experiment or teaching undergraduate students, communication skills are necessary for any scientist to flourish. Our faculty members train graduate students, passing along the skills they need to get the careers they want.

Grad student in field

Financial Support

Both teaching and research assistantships are available to provide support to graduate students accepted into the Biological Sciences, Environmental Toxicology or Microbiology graduate programs. While there are no assistantships available for the Online M.S. in Biological Sciences for science teachers, financial aid is an option offered through the Office of Student Financial Aid.

More on Financial Support

Grad students electrofishing


We recognize that the people you meet and the connections you make as a graduate student are often as important as your time in the lab. Our seminars, reading groups and organizations, such as the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association, exist to bring students together over shared interests. 

How to Apply to Graduate Programs

Find more about how to apply on this page. Additional resources include:


Department of Biological Sciences
132 Long Hall
Clemson, SC 29634


Graduate Program Contacts

To find out more about these programs, contact our graduate coordinators: