Department of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences
Our curricula exposes students to the natural world in a wide variety of classroom, laboratory, and field experiences that are designed to foster critical thinking, teach technical skills for solving biological problems, and develop strong oral and written communication skills.
Bachelor Degree Programs Offered
- Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree program in Biology
- Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Earth Systems
Non-Biology majors can choose to support their major by completing a minor in Biology. Prerequisites for courses used toward the minor in Biology are Biological Science I and II (BIOL 121 and 122). The Biology Minor consists of a minimum of 15 hours at or above the 300 level. At least seven hours toward the Biology minor must be completed at USC Aiken. We suggest that students seek advice of the Department of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences Chairperson regarding specific courses best suited for their major. All courses in the minor must be passed with a C or better.
Geology A101 (Physical Geology) is the prerequisite for courses used toward a minor in geology. Students completing a minor are highly encouraged to pursue an independent study project with one of our three geology faculty. All courses in the minor must be passed with a grade of C or better and consists of a minimum of 15 hours drawn from the Geology courses at a 300 level or higher.