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Student Advising

Welcome to the Biological Sciences Advising Center!

Located on the first floor of Long Hall, the Advising Center is staffed by seven academic advisors who can assist with general advising questions, academic form completion, course and registration information, and academic advisor assignment. Our team also includes a Registration Coordinator, who coordinates scheduling of our courses and provides registration information and assistance.

Our Mission & Vision

Our departmental advising center serves undergraduate Biological Sciences and Microbiology students. We aim to create an environment in which all students are presented with opportunities that enable them to thrive in their educational endeavors.

We assist undergraduates with navigating their academic career by providing a range of student-oriented advising services. With these services, our advising center enables students to:

  • Create and execute academic plans that align with personal values, educational interests, and career goals.
  • Partner with their advisor while ultimately accepting student responsibility for academic success.
  • Identify and use available campus resources to support academic, personal, and social needs.
  • Seek opportunities that provide enriching experiences beyond the classroom.


A-Z Resource List

Creative Inquiry

Creative Inquiry includes all intensive, discovery-oriented approaches to learning. Emphasis is placed on providing experience that will be meaningful to undergraduate students, and will promote reasoning and critical thinking skills, ethical judgement, and communication skills, as well as a deep understanding of the methods of scientific and/or humanities research. If you have an idea about a project that isn't listed, talk to your advisor.

➥ See which creative inquiry research projects (BIOL 3940, 4940/MICR 4940) are currently available.

Curriculum Checklists

B.S. in Biological Sciences
Biology encompasses the broad spectrum of the modern life sciences, from cells, through tissues, entire organisms, communities of organisms, ecosystems, and up through the integrated existence of life on the entire planet. Descriptive, structural, functional, and evolutionary questions are explored through the hierarchy of the organization of life. Applications of current advances to the health and well-being of man and society, to nature and the continuation of earth as a balanced ecosystem, and to an appreciation of the place of natural science in our cultural heritage receive emphasis.

Majors in Biological Sciences receive classroom, laboratory, and field training in biology with an emphasis on chemistry, mathematics, and physics as necessary tools. The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences curriculum prepares students for graduate study in any of the life science areas (such as agricultural sciences, biochemistry, botany, cell and molecular biology, conservation, ecology and environmental science, entomology, forestry, genetics, industrial and regulatory biology, microbiology, morphology, physiology, wildlife biology, and zoology; for the health professions (medicine, dentistry, etc.), veterinary medicine; and for science teaching.

Curriculum Checklists for the B.S. in Biological Sciences:

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

Curriculum Checklists for the B.A. in Biological Sciences:

B.S. in Microbiology
Microbiology is the study of bacteria, viruses, yeasts, filamentous fungi, protozoa, and unicellular algae. Microbiologists seek to describe these organisms in terms of their structures, functions, and processes of reproduction, growth, and death at both the cellular and molecular levels. They are also concerned with their ecology, particularly in regard to their pathological effects on man, and with their economic importance.

The Microbiology major provides a thorough training in the basic microbiological skills. Further, students receive instruction in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biochemistry, all essential to the training of a modern microbiologist. Students can prepare for a variety of careers through a wide choice of electives. The Microbiology curriculum with Biomedicine Concentration is recommended for students planning postgraduate programs. Microbiology graduates may enter graduate school in microbiology, biochemistry, bioengineering, or related disciplines; they may enter a medical or dental school or pursue a career in one of the many industries or public service departments dependent upon microbiology. Some of these are the fermentation and drug industries, medical and public health microbiology, various food industries, and agriculture.

Curriculum Checklists for the B.S. in Microbiology:

Bioengineering Combined Masters Program
Biological Sciences undergraduates at Clemson University may begin a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Bioengineering while completing their Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree by using a limited number of courses to satisfy both degrees. Students in a combined degree program are conditionally accepted to the graduate program until completion of the BS degree requirements.

Curriculum Checklist for the B.S. Biological Sciences & M.S. Bioengineering:

Focus Areas
Focus Areas do not represent a degree granting program. The focus area worksheets list commonly required and recommended courses for each focus area. Please note that entrance requirements for graduate and professional schools vary by institution and should be verified individually. See the focus areas listed below.  

  • Conservation Biology 
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Marine Biology
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Sales 
  • Neurobiology 
  • Pre-Dental 
  • Pre-Medicine 
  • Pre-Pharmacy 
  • Pre-Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Pre-Veterinary 

Graduation Information


Internship Contract


Internship Instructor: Dr. Saara DeWalt 

Internships are a good way to learn about a career, make contacts, and gain experience in biology. Some internships may provide opportunities to do an original research project — a very rewarding experience that will show you how science works and get you thinking about graduate school. Internships may be either paid or unpaid. The student should have work duties that extend beyond observing or shadowing.

Departmental Internship Courses: BIOL 4920 Internship for Biological Sciences 0-4(3-12) or MICR 4920 Internship for Microbiology 0-4(3-12). Preplanned internship at an advisor-approved facility to give students learning opportunities beyond their classroom experiences. Students submit a Student Internship Contract and a two-page study plan before the internship and a comprehensive report within one week of the end of the internship. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. To be taken Pass/No Pass only. Preq: Consent of instructor

Student instructions for Fall or Spring terms:

      1. Student contacts the internship mentor directly to apply for internship opportunities at an institution.
      2. Student then completes the Internship Contract, signs it and secures the signature of the supervisor from internship institute.
      3. The instructor of record of Biol /Micr 4920 needs to approve internship for credit prior to internship starting. Email instructor of record a brief outline of internship (needs to be more than shadowing a doctor) to ask for approval to take Biol/Micr 4920 for credit.
      4. Upon approval, the Registration coordinator will grant the override for student to register.
      5. NO CREDIT will be given for internships that were not agreed upon in advance by instructor of record for Biol/Micr 4920. This contract is not accepted retroactively, or after the last day to add a class.
      6. Student submits internship contract and study plan with the number of credits desired to registration coordinator before the beginning of the semester in which the internship will take place. One credit given for every 45 hours of work up to 4 credits in a semester. Submit to or 127 Long Hall.
      7. The final report and supervisor evaluation will be submitted the last week of classes before final exams start to the registration coordinator.
      8. Internship instructor of record will grade internship and submit a grade of pass/fail at grade collection time.

NOTES on Summer Semester: The same rules apply for summer as the fall and spring terms with the following difference:

      • In order to get credit for a summer internship, you must register and pay for the desired number of summer school credits.

Credit Options in summer registration:

      • Register for 0 credits: do not pay tuition and the internship is on transcript with no academic credit.
      • Register for 1-4 credits: pay tuition and internship is on transcript with academic credit

Go to Internship Contract

Internship Web Sites: A listing of internships available to students interested in obtaining valuable field and/or laboratory experience - the best way to spend your summer!  Paid and volunteer opportunities are presented.

Internships listed online

Navigating Prerequisite, Corequisite, Preq, or Concurrent Enrollment

Senior Seminar

Senior Seminar is a required capstone course engaging students in analysis and discussion of both technical and non-technical literature in biological sciences and from current biology topics and events. Emphasis is placed on ethical issues that arise as a result of biological research.
There are two course numbers, BIOL 4930 and MICR 4930. The topic varies by section. Contact your advisor or refer to the course listing in iRoar.

Undergraduate Research 4910

4910 allows students to work more directly and independently with a faculty mentor and the other lab members, as opposed to Creative Inquiry, where students works as part of a team of other undergraduates, the faculty member, and their lab staff. The 4910 mentored research problems introduce undergraduates to the planning and execution of research and the presentation of research findings.
The research areas are not listed in iROAR but can be found in the Undergraduate Handbook under Faculty Research Interests. Students interested in undergraduate research will choose a section based on either the faculty member they would like to work under or by the research area they're interested in. The number of credits awarded for this class varies depending on how many hours they will meet each week. This is determined by agreement between the student and faculty member.
Consider checking with the faculty to see which research areas or projects other student have worked on recently.

Instructions for Registration:

    1. Contact the instructor of record to gain permission to take undergrad research with that instructor.
    2. Upon approval, information required in order to grant override by registration coordinator is as follows:
      • Undergrad research section and instructor
      • Student Name
      • Student CID
      • Stipulate honor vs non-honor section
    1. Email the information to the registration coordinator:
    2. The default credit is the minimum credit allowed which is 1 credit in this course. The student will need to change the default credit of 1 if the agreed upon credit is 2, 3 or 4 after registering for the section.