Curriculum

 

Admissions Standards for the Biology Program

Students who fulfill the admission requirements of USC Beaufort may enroll as biology majors. Transfer students are required to have a 2.0 GPA.

 

USCB offers the Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology. To qualify for graduation, a student must meet general education requirements and biology core requirements as stated below.

Coastal Ecology and Conservation Concentration: students have the ability to receive a concentration in Coastal Ecology and Conservation that will be listed on the transcript upon graduation. Students will need to take at least 4 courses (a minimum of 15, but not exceeding 18 credits) with corresponding laboratories within this concentration.

 I. General Education Requirements with Notes for Majors........................................... 37-47

 English........................................................................................................................................................ 6-7

BENG 101, 101L and 102 (each with a grade of “C” or higher)

Students may place out of BENG 101L with an appropriate score on the Freshman English Placement Exam.  Students who transfer into USCB with credit for first-semester freshman composition are exempt from the BENG 101L requirement.

Numerical and Analytical Reasoning........................................................................................................ 6

BMTH 101 or a higher level mathematics course, plus an additional course in mathematics, logic, statistics, or computer science.

Speech

BSPC 140, 201 or 230.................................................................................................................. 3

Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Electives (humanities or social/behavioral sciences )1 ...................................... 6

BHIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 115, or 116....................................................................................... 3

Fine Arts 2 ....................................................................................................................................... 3

Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 ........................................................................................................ 3

1 Courses from the following disciplines: BFRO, BANT, BARH, BATS, BECO, BENG, BFRE, BGEO, BHIS, BMUS, BPHI, BPOL, BPSY, BRLG, BSOC, BSPA, BSPC, BTHE. One-hour credits in BMUS and BTHE may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

2 Courses from: BARH, BATS, BMUS, or BTHE. One-hour credits in BMUS and BTHE may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

3 Courses from: BANT, BECO, BGEO, BGST, BLIN, BPOL, BPSY, BSOC and BSST.          

 Natural Sciences

Two courses, at least one with associated laboratory........................................................... 7   

Courses from: BAST, BBIO, BCHM, BMAR, and BPHY. One of the natural science courses may be a 3-credit course that is designed without a separate laboratory or field component, but which incorporates these components in the main curriculum. The other natural science course must be a 4-credit course with embedded or separately listed laboratory.

Foreign Languages................................................................................................................................... 0-6

Students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects.  For foreign languages taught at USCB, this requirement may be satisfied and credit earned by proficiency through a USCB Foreign Language Challenge Exam.  For all other foreign languages, the requirement is waived after USCB certification but no credit is earned by demonstrating an equivalent proficiency.

Waiver of Foreign Language Requirement for Bilingual Speakers: Students whose native language is other than English and who have scored either 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or 77 on the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), are exempt, without credit, from USCB’s language requirement. English-speaking students who document or certify native or near-native proficiency (USCB conducted test) in a language other than English are also exempt, without credit, from this requirement. 

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding........................................................................ 0-3

A distribution requirement that may be satisfied by one of the above mentioned courses or by additional coursework.

The following courses have been approved for this requirement: BANT 102, BANT 312, BANT 317, BANT 351, BANT 352, BANT 452, BENG 291, BGEO 121, BGST 301, BGST 398, BHIS 109, BHIS 115, BHIS 116, BRLG 203, BSOC 315 and BSPA 380B.  Non-equivalent transfer credits may be evaluated for approval on a case by case basis by the Director of General Education.

II. Program Requirements (each with a grade of “C” or higher) ........................................... 31

BCHM 111 and 112...................................................................................................................... 8

BCHM 333, 331L, 334 and 332L................................................................................................ 8

BPHY 201 or 211.......................................................................................................................... 4

BSTA 201........................................................................................................................................ 3

BMTH 141 and 142 or BMTH 122 and BMTH 170.................................................................. 8

III. Major Requirements (each with a grade of “C” or higher) ............................................. 35

BBIO 101 1 and 102 1 ...................................................................................................................... 8

BBIO 301........................................................................................................................................ 4

BBIO 302........................................................................................................................................ 4

BBIO 303........................................................................................................................................ 3

BBIO 460........................................................................................................................................ 4

Biology courses 399 or above 2 ................................................................................................ 12

1 Majors: a minimum grade of C in BBIO 101 and 102 is required before enrolling in any BBIO course numbered above 299.

2  Majors: you may enroll in Biology courses 399 or above only after completing two of BBIO 301, 302, or 303 with a grade of C or better. No more than three credits of BBIO 399 may be applied toward the major.

IV. Concentration Requirements (each with a grade of C or higher)

Coastal Ecology and Conservation

Any combination of BBIO 410, 411, 425, 436, 471, 475, 475L, 480, 499A&B..............minimum of 15 but not     exceeding 18

V. Electives.................................................................................................................. 20-30

Total hours required........................................................................................................ 120

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