Master research skills to answer fundamental questions and advance discoveries in all aspects of biology, including a specialty aligned with your interests and career goals.
Join a cutting-edge research program committed to studying biology from the cellular and genetic levels to the organismal and environmental levels. Our eight areas of specialization allow you to focus on your interests. All M.S. students receive financial support and graduate prepared to design, conduct and interpret research experiments.
Hone valuable research skills in our advanced programs with opportunities to teach, present and publish.
Join the Graduate Association of Biological Sciences, which seeks to enrich the student experience with a variety of ongoing activities.
Benefit from the engaged faculty and staff members who work endlessly to foster a collaborative program.
Enhance your college experience with travel awards to attend professional conferences in your areas of interest.
What You’ll Study
Choose a specialization from stem cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, cancer biology, biology of cellular stress, plant biology, ecology, evolution and marine biology. Acquire in-depth knowledge of the literature in the field and how to use appropriate methodology to carry out research. Write and orally defend a research-based thesis.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Conducting experiments and analyzing data to gain new knowledge and insights in a scientific field
Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems
Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner
Preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations to inform, persuade or inspire
Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions
Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments
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.
- Medical Researcher
- Academic Researcher
- Biotechnology Developer
- Environmental Scientist
- Pharmaceutical Researcher
Job Titles of Alumni
- Senior Research Associate
- Lab Supervisor
- Research Associate
- Adjunct Professor
- Research Specialist
- Senior Data Scientist
- Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical Laboratories
- Hospital Laboratories
- State and National Parks
- Water Management Sites
- Military Laboratories
Employers of Alumni
- BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
- University of South Carolina
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
- Nephron Pharmaceuticals
- Greenville Health System
- CRISPR Therapeutics