Winthrop University: Department of Biology

Department of Biology

Biology Group Photo Fall 2021

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.

Biology Department Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement

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.

Minors: Students with other majors can choose to minor in Biology or General Science

Master of Science (MS) Degree: The department 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. In addition, students can complete their bachelor's and master's degrees within 5 years under our Accelerated Bachelors to Masters program. 

Co-Curricular programs for biology majors that help students succeed

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/SEA-GENES project: A unique opportunity for freshmen to begin their Winthrop undergraduate career by participating in three semesters of a research project called the SEA Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science and the SEA-Gene function Elucidation by a Network of Emerging Scientists. The research courses are built around a national experiment in bacteriophage genomics and gene function.
  • 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 are held from 3:30pm to 4:45pm via ZOOM. Any student or faculty member wanting to attend should contact Dr. Julian Smith at   
Seminar Series Schedule Spring 2022 (PDF 156KB)    
ZOOM link for the seminar

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Student Orgainizations

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Biology Course News


Mackenzie Jenkins 1st Place

Tri-Beta Induction March 2022

Dr. Grubbs BIOL223 F21

SEA Research Students 2017-2022

PHAGES GENES Research Students 2017-2022

Biology 407

First Prize Undergrad Research


Biology 309 Fall 2021

Biology Course News and Pictures Archives

Students, Alumni, and Faculty in the News 

Biology 300 Fall 2021 Poster Day Winners

  • Houk Prize Winner Spring 2021:
    • Mackenzie Jenkins for her work: Structure of salt march and maritime forest plant communities: possible impacts of increasing salinity due to rising sea level
      Special Recognition
      Allyssa Lewis for her work: Isolating, Purifying, and Investigating Mycobacterial Lysogens
      Allison Reed for her work: Investigating the Effects of Semaphorin 3A on Different Aged Chick Retinal Ganglion Cells
  • Bugs, Bugs and More Bugs Dr. Paula Mitchell was selected as this year's recipient of the Cochran Award for Excellence for her decades-long contributions and research towards the study of insects by the South Carolina Entomological Society!
  • Biology and Fine Arts Faculty Fight COVID-19 Via the CreatorSpace
  • Dr. Kathryn Kohl, Biology Professor, awarded the Gale N. DiGorgio award!
  • Winthrop Alumna, Taylor Conner, wins West Charlotte Teacher of the Year!
  • Biology Department faculty & students volunteering at Rock Hill's iMAGINE STEAM Festival September 2019!
  • 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"

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Last Updated: 5/16/22