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Biological Sciences, Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences

Gain state-of-the-art expertise in original research and in your field of biological sciences while you prepare for work as a professional scientist.

Join a cutting-edge research program committed to advancing knowledge and discoveries in all aspects of biology, from the cellular and genetic level to the organismal and environmental levels. All Ph.D. students receive financial support. You will graduate prepared to pursue a career in academia, education, government research or industries related to biology.

Program Highlights

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    Research Focus

    Hone valuable research skills in our advanced programs with opportunities to teach, present and publish.

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    Supportive Environment

    Join the Graduate Association of Biological Sciences, which seeks to enrich the student experience with a variety of ongoing activities.

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    Interdisciplinary Approach

    Benefit from the engaged faculty and staff members who work endlessly to foster a collaborative program.

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    A Notable Faculty

    Learn from face-to-face instruction by expert faculty members currently researching in their respective fields.

What You’ll Study

Specialize in stem cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, cancer biology, biology of cellular stress, plant biology, ecology, evolution or marine biology. Address significant, unanswered questions, and share your research findings through peer-reviewed publications, presentations and grant proposals. Defend a research-based dissertation.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Scientific Writing

    Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Presentation Skills

    Preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations to inform, persuade or inspire


    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Academic Researcher/Teaching Faculty
  • Medical Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology Researcher
  • Project Manager
  • Federal Institute Administrator
  • Environmental Scientist

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Assistant Professor
  • Environmental Health Manager
  • Research Ecologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Vice President of Biometrics

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $85,630

Workplace Settings

  • University Research
  • Medical Research
  • Biotechnology Research
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Natural Resources
  • Marine Biology

Employers of Alumni

  • University of South Carolina
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • Envigo ++++
  • FDA