Department of Biology
The Department of Biology at Winthrop University features a challenging but rewarding curriculum taught by an experienced, enthusiastic faculty. The biology major allows students to tailor their programs beyond the major's core curriculum to meet their specific needs.
Biology is frequently chosen by students with career interests related to medicine, health sciences, botany, zoology, molecular biology, environmental and conservation biology, teaching and secondary education in the sciences, and other careers. Small classes (averaging 20-24 students in labs) ensure that students have the opportunity to take advantage of interaction with their instructors.
Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree and Concentrations: Students may choose General Biology or a concentration in Biomedical Research, Conservation Biology, Medical Technology, or obtain Teacher Certification in Secondary Education.
Minors: Students with other majors can choose to minor in Biology or General Science
Master of Science (MS) Degree: The department also offers coursework and research opportunities with faculty leading to the MS degree. Students can select either a thesis or a non-thesis option depending on their needs.
The department offers excellent experiential learning opportunities through undergraduate research and internships that are important for students planning to attend graduate programs, health profession programs, biology-related jobs, etc.
Undergraduate Research: Students conduct undergraduate research with faculty mentors in well-equipped labs and/or field study sites, and they present their work at local, regional, and national scientific meetings. Students are also encouraged to present their work at the department seminar series where they are awarded a lab coat from their faculty mentors. Students can earn academic credit for research through BIOL 471, 472, and 450H.
- Awarding of Lab Coats: The Biology Department awards lab coats to students who conduct independent research with faculty members and present their findings at the department's seminar series.
- SEA-PHAGES Project: New opportunity for freshman to participate in the research project called the SEA Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science that is built around a national experiment in bacteriophage genomics.
Academic Internships: Internships are available and often serve as stepping-stones to employment and entry into professional careers. Although internships are not required for graduation, they are encouraged. Students can earn academic credit for interning through BIOL 461 and 463.
- Finding Your Future Program at USC: We are extremely pleased to offer this shadowing experience. If you are chosen from a select group of
individuals, it is our hope that your time spent with us will fuel more
of your fire to attend USC School of Medicine - Columbia and become a
Biology Department Seminar Series
Each semester the Biology Department invites scientists and professionals from other universities, industries, research institutions and government agencies to present their work to our students and faculty. Many of the speakers also provide information about graduate and professional programs and/or employment opportunities in their respective fields. The seminars are held from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in Sims Hall, room 215 (unless noted otherwise) and are open to the public.
Students, Alumni, and Faculty in the News
Jordan Lewis - Selected for the 2017 National Research Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellowship in the area of Disease Ecology.
Biology Facilities Updates
The Biology Department is partnering with the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America organizations to improve our teaching and research facilities: The Johnsonian "Eagles in the making" and "Aquarium in Dalton Hall".
Additional Biology Department Links