Welcome to the USC Aiken Department of Biology and Geology

The Department of Biology and Geology is home to some 250 biology majors, who work with a dedicated and talented group of 15 faculty members, to develop expertise in their chosen field of study.  Biology majors have a variety of degree choices, including a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts, as well as a more specialized Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Environmental Remediation and Restoration or Molecular Biology.  Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree may do so using informal advisement tracks in Molecular/Cellular Biology, Environmental Science, pre-Medicine, pre-Dentistry, pre-Veterinary Medicine, or General Biology.  Additionally, we offer a minor in Geology as well as transferable coursework into a Geology major.

Research is an important part of the biology curriculum, and at USC Aiken, biology majors work with a chosen faculty member to develop and carry out independent laboratory projects in a variety of areas. These projects are often long-term, multi-semester experiences that enhance and extend classroom learning, as well as provide a strong background in applied biological techniques. Many of our majors are co-authors on peer-reviewed papers and give presentations at local, state, and regional conferences.

Importantly, the Biology experience at USC Aiken is grounded in coursework supplemented with the actual experience of putting biological concepts into practice in the laboratory. We believe this builds a strong foundation in the science and makes our students highly competitive as they move to the next level of their career.

Please feel free to take a look at our site, or if you wish to join us on the adventure, apply now!

Contact Us

Dr. William Jackson

Department Chair
Science Building Room 201A





Arlene DiPietro

Administrative Assistant
Science Building Room 201





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