Department of Biology and Geology

Our curricula exposes students to the natural world in a wide variety of classroom, laboratory, and field experiences that are designed to foster critical thinking, teach technical skills for solving biological problems, and develop strong oral and written communication skills. 

Biology Program

Dr. William Jackson, Faculty contact

Students may choose a traditional Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree program in Biology or a degree with a concentration in either Molecular Biology or Environmental Remediation and Restoration.

We also offer a Bachelor of Science degree program in Clinical Laboratory Science in collaboration with the University Health Care System in Augusta, GA.

Biology Minor

Non-Biology majors can choose to support their major by completing a minor in Biology. Prerequisites for courses used toward the minor in Biology are Biological Science I and II (BIOL 121 and 122). The Biology Minor consists of a minimum of 15 hours at or above the 300 level. At least seven hours toward the Biology minor must be completed at USC Aiken. We suggest that students seek advice of the Department of Biology and Geology Chairperson regarding specific courses best suited for their major. All courses in the minor must be passed with a C or better.

Geology Program

Dr. Allen Dennis, Faculty contact

Three years of coursework leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Geology are available at USC Aiken through a program that is coordinated with the USC Columbia campus. Specific requirements for the geology major are listed in the USC Columbia catalog and also are available from any USC Aiken geology advisor.

Appropriate USC Aiken courses for the geology major include general education courses; Geology 101, 102, 311, 325, 331, 335, 398, 401, and 431.  Coursework in mathematics, chemistry, and physics are also advised. 

Cognate in Geology

Those students wishing to complete a cognate in geology may choose 12 credit hours from among the following: Geology 311, 325, 331, 335, 336, 398, 401, 425, 431, 570, and 571. 

Minor in Geology

Majors in other disciplines may choose to support their major by completing a minor in geology. Geology 101(Physical Geology) is the prerequisite for courses used toward a minor in geology. All courses in the minor must be passed with a grade of C or better and consists of a minimum of 15 hours drawn from the following:

  • GEOL A102 Historical Geology
  • GEOL A311 Paleontology
  • GEOL A325 Depositional and Diagenic Environments
  • GEOL A331 Structural Geology
  • GEOL A335 Igneous and Metamorphic Environments
  • GEOL A336 Introduction to Geophysics
  • GEOL A398 Topics in Geology
  • GEOL A401 Environmental Geomorphology
  • GEOL A425 Coastal Field Geology
  • GEOL A431 Southern Appalachian Geology
  • GEOL A500 Field Geology
  • GEOL A570 Environmental Hydrogeology
  • GEOL A571 Environmental Hydrogeology Laboratory
  • GEOL A598 Advanced Topics in Geology