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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.

Upcoming Events

Summer Session Dates

Summer A: May 13 - May 31, 2019
Summer B: June 3 - August 2, 2019
Summer C: June 3 - July 3, 2019
Summer D: July 8 - August 7, 2019

Degree Programs

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.

  • Health Professions Connection Information (SITE COMING SOON) resources, and opportunities for students planning on pursuing careers in the healthcare industry.

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.

Experiential Learning

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.
  • Houk Prize for Best Undergraduate Research Project.
  • 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 practicing physician.

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.

Seminars (pdf 92KB) are held from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in Sims Hall, room 215 (unless noted otherwise) and are open to the public.

Biology Department Videos

Garrett Driscoll 3 Minute Thesis Video

Ashley Graham 3 Minute Thesis Video

Student Organizations

Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society 

Biology Course News

BIOL300SP2019 winners



Students, Alumni, and Faculty in the News 


Congratulations to Chasity Moore and Jesse Martin for presenting their research at the South Carolina Academy of Sciences conference which was hosted at Francis Marion University. Jesse tied for 1st place!

  • Congratulations to Chasity Moore and Jesse Martin for presenting their research at the South Carolina Academy of Sciences conference which was hosted at Francis Marion University. Jesse tied for 1st place!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Paula Mitchell for her display "Bug Bar" at Discovery Place Science! 
  • Congratulations to the winners of the Three Minute Thesis: First Place - Ashley Graham "Mechanisms of Urbanization-Driven Decline in the Box Turtle" and the People's Choice Award - Garrett Driscoll "Developing CRISPR/Cas98 Knockout for LPA Receptor-4 in Chicken Retinal Ganglion Cells"
  •  Science Scholars Soar - Eagle STEM program inspires student for greatness!
  • What the Doctor Ordered - Christopher Bennett wants to examine diversity in healthcare
  •  Biology Department faculty and students volunteering at Rock Hill's first iMAGINE STEAM Festival
  • Conservation Biology Class Seeks to Save Box Turtles From Urbanization
  • Congratulations to Chandani Mitchell for placing 1st Place at the SAEOPP McNair National Research Conference for her project "Locating Mutagen-Sensivity Gene mus109 in the Drosophila Melanogaster Genome Using Deficiency Mapping.
  • Congratulations to Ellie Abraham - Winner of the Champion Cup for the Best Presentation Overall Boyce Thompson Institute REU at Cornell University!!

Archives Students, Alumni & Faculty in the News


Biology Facility Updates

Additional Biology Department Links

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