Biological Sciences - B.S. (Licensure)

Today is an exciting time to study biology. The last half-century has witnessed unprecedented breakthroughs in genetics, cellular biology and neuroscience, as well as critical advances in understanding the environment around us.

The Department of Biological Sciences, one of the largest academic units at The University of Southern Mississippi, provides high-quality education through programs of instruction and research in basic biomedical science, ecology and environmental biology, microbiology and marine biology.

We offer two baccalaureate degrees, both available on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses: the Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences, where a student has the option of emphasizing in coursework in any one of several areas of study, including teacher licensure; and the Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology.

Most undergraduates interested in pre-health professions—such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary medicine or occupational therapy--choose to major in biological sciences for at least two reasons:

  1. their inherent interest in the life sciences
  2. a curriculum that prepares them for competitive entry into professional school.

We offer an MCAT Preparation course (BSC 399), the early results of which point to an increase in MCAT scores and higher acceptance rate.

Student Learning Outcomes / Program Objectives

Available Locations

Career Interest

Related Degrees

Courses by Semester

Print-friendly: Suggested semester-by-semester guide