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BioScience Expo and Other Campus Activities

BioScience Expo

The Department of Biological Sciences invites you to take a short walk over to Long and Jordan Hall immediately following the exam to enjoy special displays, hands-on activities, and tours available only to BME participants and ONLY on Friday, April 26 as part of the BioScience Expo! Each activity can host about 30-40 students at a time, please divide your group accordingly and rotate.

Printable schedule and maps to locations (will be updated for 2020 soon)

Please drop in between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (times vary on a few activities) for the following:

Wild About Wildlife

      • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Jordan Room
      • Mallory Dailey, Clemson University Cooperative Extension — Oconee County 4-H Agent
      • Jessica Simpson, Clemson University Cooperative Extension Anderson County 4-H Agent

Clemson Natural Resource professionals will provide an interactive display of native endothermic and ectothermic species found in the southeast. This hands-on experience is sure to stimulate lots of ecology conversations and create some great photo opportunities!

Pipetting 'Class' - CU Life Sciences Outreach Center

      • 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. G26/G30 Jordan Hall (drop-in, first come first served, both labs hold 32 students at a time)
      • Katherine Freeman and Cathy Brooks, CU Life Sciences Outreach Center Instructors

Join instructors at CU Life Sciences Outreach Center for a pipetting “class.”  During this mini-class, students have the opportunity to use micropipettes and will learn about the real-life applications of pipetting in crime scene investigations. “Classes” are offered every 30 minutes starting at 11 am and ending at 1:30 pm.  

“Class Schedule”
11:00 am-11:30 am
11:30 am-12:00 pm
12:00 pm -12:30 pm
12:30 pm-1:00pm
1:00 pm-1:30 pm

Snakes of South Carolina

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 222 Long Hall

The very enthusiastic graduate students from Dr. Chris Parkinson’s lab will be on hand to show you live local snake species and share information about the snakes that live in South Carolina.

Campbell Museum of Natural History - Vertebrate and Plant Collections

      • 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. — drop in to view the exhibits

Campbell Museum of Natural History Exhibit Hall (the small, free-standing, brick building behind Long and Jordan Halls). Hosted by Jason Paul Joines, Temporary Herbarium Curator, and Melissa Fuentes, Vertebrate Collection Curator

Vertebrate Collection - Visit the museum and view life-size mounts of bison, exotic African antelope, big cats, and more. The large exhibit room houses over 90 shoulder mounts of exotic and native species and hallway displays contain over 20 articulated bird skeletons, mounted birds and other mammals. 

Melissa will host an activity center where students can experience both native and exotic wildlife with full mounts as well as hides of mammals, reptiles, and birds available to touch. Other displays will provide information on how to preserve specimens, how mounts are created, and what it takes to be a museum curator. Be sure to find the “Bone-ified ID” area where students correctly identifying different bones can pick up a prize while supplies last!

Jason Paul Joines will have examples of Giant Moso Bamboo, Phyllostachys pubescens, uncommon carnivorous plants, herbarium specimens, and strange cones and fruits on display in the small classroom (room 104).

Entomology Museum – Arthropod Collection

      • 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.*, outside 312 Long Hall (third floor, Martin/Kinard Hall side of the building); drop in to view the exhibits
      • Hosted by Dr. Mike Ferro (find Dr. Ferro in the museum or his office, 307 Long, for a behind-the-scenes tour). 

The Clemson University Arthropod Collection contains more than 1 million insect specimens mostly from South Carolina, including endangered and possibly extinct species. Numerous fun exhibits are on display and visitors are welcome to take a behind the scenes tour of the museum. We’re also happy to answer any and all bug-related questions.

* There are several permanent exhibits and displays out in the hall and available at all times during normal business hours

Other Tours and Activities

To add even more fun to your trip to Clemson University, consider also visiting one of these locations after the Biology Merit Exam. Please make your own arrangements in advance by following the information provided on their websites. 

      • South Carolina Botanical Garden The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a diverse 295 acres of natural landscapes, display gardens, and miles of streams and nature trails. Together with distinguished education and outreach programs, a nationally recognized nature-based sculpture collection, and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, the SCBG is a premier site for experiencing nature and culture.
      • Fran Hanson Discovery Center Gateway to the South Carolina Botanical Garden! Today it serves as the Fran Hanson Visitor's Center, welcoming Garden and Museum visitors and showcasing destinations throughout the Upstate.
      • Planetarium
      • Tour Historic Properties Fort Hill, Hanover House, Hopewell Plantation
      • CU Life Sciences Outreach Center Schedule a genetics laboratory field trip!
      • Explore Clemson Information on departmental tours (links in left margin) and a detailed list of iconic places in and around campus to explore

Walking tour of campus: Reserve a spot for our guided walking campus tour through the Class of 1944 Visitors Center. High schools with groups of 10+ may reserve in advance a limited number of student-guided tours through Tracey O'Kelley at or 864-656-4789. If you can’t make a guided tour, we offer a self-guided walking tour of our campus using the University’s Walking Tour App, available on the Web (no download required). Access the tour from

High School Juniors can visit the Calhoun Honors College! High School juniors can schedule a meeting with one of the honors staff and potentially with one of our honors student ambassadors. Appointments must be made one week in advance. See Tillman Hall 105, 2 p.m. (by appointment only).

Check out the Clemson University Master Calendar for any special events or displays occurring on the same day of the exam. Go to and click on the calendar link in the top right corner.