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University of South Carolina - Admission, Courses, Fees and more - bridgettpayseur - 08-19-2013

Basic Information:
The University of South Carolina (USC) is home to more than 200 years of history and tradition, rising from a single building in 1805 on what would become the heart of the campus, the Horseshoe. The 11 buildings that now make up the Horseshoe frame a lush lawn that is an irresistible gathering place.

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The university is expanding west toward the Congaree River in support of its research initiatives in nanotechnology, health sciences, Future Fuels™, the environment and information technologies. The Department of Biological Sciences is located in the Coker Life Sciences Building.

Undergraduate Programs:
The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina offers a focused program of courses for undergraduate students seeking a Major in Biological Sciences, as well as courses for students needing to satisfy specific for other Majors including Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health, and courses with broad impact for students seeking to satisfy a science requirement for other programs. Courses are taught by a faculty of some 40 professors with exceptional academic backgrounds and expertise ranging from molecular and cell biology to organismal and environmental biology, from bacteria to plants and animals, from neuroscience and behavior to developmental biology and cancer. A major advantage of education at a large university is the opportunity students have to participate in the research projects of professors. Many research labs include undergraduate researchers. Typically, students become familiar with professors through their classes and through the descriptions of professor research on the department web site. Students can join laboratories as early as their freshman year. Research efforts can receive course credit

The Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of South Carolina prepares its graduates technically and professionally to meet the growing demands for positions in biomedical engineering industry and academia or continuing studies in graduate programs and medical schools. By continuously improving the undergraduate and graduate programs, the Program responds to the rapidly changing field of biomedical engineering to serve as an effective resource and partner for industry, government, and academia.

Undergraduate admissions requires the following high school course work: 4 years of mathematics, 4 years of English, 3 years of laboratory sciences, 3 years of social studies, 2 years of foreign languages, 1 year of fine arts, 1 year of physical education, and 1 year of electives.

Undergraduate tuition: $9768/year in state; $25,952/year out of state

USC provides many financial aid options to students, including scholarships, loans, and grants. 90% of undergraduate students at USC receive some form of financial aid.

Graduate Programs:
The University Of South Carolina Department Of Biological Sciences offers both research and non-research based graduate degrees. The primary goal is towards research training; students pursuing a research based path earn either Ph.D. or M.S. degrees. Students achieving Ph.D. degrees typically continue on as postdoctoral fellows on a career track directed towards academic research and teaching or industrial research. The Department also offers three non-research Professional Masters degrees. The Professional Science Masters Degrees in Bioinformatics and in Biotechnology are both aimed at training students to work with businesses in the scientific contexts of the disciplines. The Professional Masters degree in Teaching (the MAT) is aimed at developing high quality science teachers in secondary education.

The MS and PhD degree programs in Biomedical Engineering are a joint effort between the College of Engineering and Computing, the School of Medicine, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Graduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering will focus on the quantitative methods characteristic of engineering that are not a primary focus of traditional medical or biological education. The College of Engineering and Computing will house the students and administration of the program. The curriculum calls for four core lecture courses, two of which will be taught primarily by engineering faculty and two that will be taught primarily by School of Medicine faculty. Engineering, Medicine, and Arts & Sciences will also develop elective courses. Faculty from all three colleges and schools will collaborate in research. In addition, USC faculty will collaborate on research with the Medical University of South Carolina and Clemson University through several federally-funded initiatives.

The University Of South Carolina College Of Medicine offers graduate programs as well. The Biomedical sciences program offers PhD and master’s degrees. The School of Medicine offers a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences through either the ‘Integrated Biomedical Science Program’ or directly through the Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Program. In the integrated program the student has a choice to select a faculty mentor from different departments of the University of South Carolina, including the School of Medicine (Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology and Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience), the School of Arts and Sciences (Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry), the School of Pharmacy and the School of Public Health (Department of Exercise Science). In the Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Program the students will have a choice of selecting faculty mentor only from the departments within the School of Medicine. In the latter program, students can select from over forty faculty members with expertise in areas including cancer, inflammation, neuroscience, cardiovascular biology, alternative medicine and others.

Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment to help with research. The Instrumentation Resource Facility at USC is an integral component of the research and teaching mission of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Located within the facility are several major pieces of state-of-the-art biomedical research equipment that provide techniques ranging from whole animal through single cell imaging to analysis at the molecular level. The IRF also houses a full range of ancillary equipment that is available for sample preparation. In addition to serving as a resource for acquisition of primary data, the IRF also has the capacity for image enhancement and related data analysis.

Graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences receive stipends for teacher assistantships or research assistantships. The Graduate School offers a range of fellowships and merit-based awards to attract and support outstanding graduate students. In addition, travel grants are offered for up to $1,000 to encourage and support student presentation of research at professional meetings nationally and internationally.

GRE scores, undergraduate transcripts, and letters of recommendation are required for admission to graduate programs at USC.

Graduate tuition: $10,916/year in state; $23,444/year out of state

Applied 18,485
Admitted 12,914 70%
Enrolled total 4,468
Full Time: 4,423
Part Time 45

Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Reading 530 630
SAT Math 560 650
SAT Writing 0 0
ACT Composite 24 29
ACT English 22 30
ACT Math 23 27
ACT Writing 0 0

Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 87%
4-year graduation rate 46%
6-year graduation rate 69%

Other Information:
Enrollment: 31,288 (Columbia campus, fall 2012)
14 degree-granting colleges and schools
Approximately 1,604 Full-time faculty

Undergraduate Programs and Majors:
Biological Sciences (BS)
Biomedical Engineering (BS)

Graduate Programs:

Bioinformatics (PMS)
Biotechnology (PMS)
Teaching (MAT)
Ecology, Evolution, and Physiology (MS/PhD)
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MS/PhD)
Plant Sciences (MS/PhD)
Biomedical Engineering (MS/PhD)
Biomedical Sciences (MS/PhD)

Dual Degree Programs:
MD/Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences
MD/MPH Public Health

Application Deadlines:

Undergraduate: October 15th Early Answer Applications, November 15th Honors College Applications, December 1st Regular Admission
Graduate: Varies by program

Applications are completed online.

RE: University of South Carolina - Admission, Courses, Fees and more - mehr672 - 03-26-2014

It is too much old university in this area and also has a good discipline.