Natural Sciences


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Study Biology on the Coast

The Natural Sciences Department at USCB provides students with deep knowledge in the biological sciences and significant exposure to the physical sciences. We offer:

Bachelor of Science in Biology

With optional concentrations in:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Coastal Ecology and Conservation
  • Marine Biology

Through USCB's laboratories and partnerships in the public and private sectors,  we offer student research opportunities, field work, internships and other hands-on scientific experiences for undergraduates.


Become a Scientist at USCB

Opportunities for Biology Majors

Our programs of study prepare students for careers in medical and health professions, biotechnological fields, environmental science and natural resource management and conservation.

We encourage you to speak with current students, meet with faculty or schedule an appointment with an advisor to learn more about programs, scholarships and research opportunities that USCB offers.

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High achieving students who plan to major in Biology are encouraged to apply to USCB’s Beaufort College Honors program. BCH students in Biology who live in Beaufort campus housing are eligible for the 1795 Scholarship.

Minor in Chemistry

Chemistry at USCB can be a minor for students majoring in other academic disciplines.
The requirements for a Chemistry minor are:

CHEM B321/B321L, CHEM B333/B331L, CHEM B334/B332L, and 4-6 additional hours at 300+ level.

Students are strongly encouraged to discuss with their advisor before declaring a minor.

Contact Us

Joseph L. Staton, PhD

Chair of Natural Sciences
Professor of Biology and Marine Science
Department of Natural Sciences

Bluffton campus
204 Science and Technology Bldg.
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Office: 843-208-8352
Joseph L. Staton, PhD

Sarah Brooks         

Administrative Assistant for Natural Sciences

Office: 843-208-8352
SciTech Room 204
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Sarah P. Brooks