Your Future in Biology

The Charleston Southern biology coursework is tailored to the most relevant subjects for your career choice upon graduation. This major offers a large number of biology electives covering plants, animals, humans, microbes and the environment. And, this degree program offers emphases in general biology, medical laboratory science, preprofessional and wildlife.

Many universities reserve their most expensive instruments and equipment for graduate students. A unique feature of CSU is that all equipment is used in undergraduate labs and/or undergraduate research so that students develop hands-on skills with as many instruments as possible thereby improving their success in graduate programs or on the job. Recent research projects include dating and characterizing Pleistocene elk antlers in South Carolina, aluminum toxicity in plants, Pteridophytes on Hobcaw Barony, and the role of lipoteichoic acid (LTA) on Listeria monocytogenes biofilm formation, human Alu dimorphism at the PV92 locus of chromosome 16, and toxicity effects on Daphnia magna.

CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Melinda Walker

Melinda Walker

Chair of Biology Department


The medical laboratory science emphasis is the only program of its kind in the Charleston area. Certified medical laboratory scientists are in demand. CSU’s program averages a first time certification exam pass rate of 96% while the national average is 79%.

As a Biology major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Immunology
  • Clinical Hematology
  • Zoology
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Public Health
  • Medical Doctors, Physician Assistants & Dentists
  • Zoos & Aquariums
  • Department of Natural Resources & State Parks
  • Forensics
  • Pharmacy 
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Biological Supply Companies
  • Food Corporations
  • Government Agencies

You can choose from these emphases.

This curriculum is designed for the student who does not wish to attend a graduate program but plans to seek employment upon graduation. The emphasis includes a variety of biology electives to prepare the student for many job opportunities.

This program is designed to train medical laboratory scientists to take the MLS certification exam. Medical laboratory professionals complete the diagnostic tests medical doctors require for accurate disease diagnosis and treatment. Students in the MLS program complete a year of clinical courses/rotations at approved affiliate laboratories including the labs at Medical University of South Carolina.

Research courses allow students to strengthen their critical thinking skills, apply for grants and publish or present their findings at professional society meetings. The blending of science rigor with a Christian perspective uniquely prepares Charleston Southern students to be leaders in their field exhibiting high levels of honesty, integrity and concern for mankind and the environment. This emphasis also prepares students for professional schools and degrees such as MD, PhD, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant and veterinary programs.

The curriculum prepares you to apply for certification with the Wildlife Society and to be competitive in wildlife biology careers. Charleston Southern is in close proximity to historic sites and beaches for enjoyment and field study. Students in this major have completed internships with World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace and North Carolina Coastal Federation.

Students in a lab injecting a chemical into a vile.

The College of Science and Mathematics

Charleston Southern’s College of Science and Mathematics ensures through its curricula and course offerings that students in all majors demonstrate an understanding of the continuing role of science and mathematics in human progress. In addition, it provides majors in science and science related fields with the necessary skills for successful careers in their chosen major or for further study in graduate school or professional programs.

A view of the Science Building, take from a drone, at CSU.
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Science Building

The building houses chemistry, biology and research labs, faculty offices and classrooms. A greenhouse is located adjacent to the science building. The greenhouse contains more than 50 different varieties of orchids: both hybrids and species. There is also a bog garden with more than 30 different species of carnivorous plants.

The biology program at CSU is full of outstanding professors who not only hold students to high academic standards but also are willing to aid in learning through one-on-one interactions and by building personal relationships with students. The classes offered are not only academically enriching but also a joy to attend. I enjoyed all of my classes in the biology department, and the things I learned help me every day in my career as a biologist.

Robert Hinson / biology, ’18 Fisheries Biologist, Dennis Wildlife Center and Fish Hatchery of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

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