Biological Sciences at USC Dornsife

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training programs. Home to a vibrant community of life scientists, the department’s research spans the scales of biological organization from molecules and cells to organisms, populations, species, and communities. An emphasis on interdisciplinary and collaborative research gives faculty and students opportunities to investigate a diverse array of living systems using a wide variety of research approaches and tools including X-ray crystallography, molecular assays, and computational genomic analyses to advanced microscopy, electrophysiology, and field research in Antarctica, Africa, and the Pacific Ocean.

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The deadline for undergraduate applications with scholarship consideration is December 1, 2016. The final undergraduate deadline is January 15, 2017.

Graduate application deadlines vary among programs. Applications to the Ph.D. in Integrative & Evolutionary Biology are due December 1. Molecular Biology and Computational Biology & Bioinformatics applications must be in by December 15. The deadline for Marine Biology & Biological Oceanography is January 15.

For more information, see our Undergraduate and Graduate pages.

Registration for Spring 2017 open!

 

For information on obtaining D-Clearance for a BISC course, please click here.

Faculty Recognition

January 2017

Karla Heidelberg will be recognized with this year's Associate's Award for Excellence in Teaching – USC's highest teaching award. Congratulations, Karla!

November 2016

Susan Forsburg was named this year's recipient of the Nature Mentoring Award for mid-career scientists. The award, focused this year on the west coast of the United States, was presented at USC's University Club by Sir Phillip Campbell, chief editor of Nature Magazine.

November 2016

Ian Ehrenreich is the recipient of this year's Raubenheimer Junior Award. This University honor is given to an Assistant Professor who has shown exceptional promise in the areas of research, teaching, and service.

November 2016

Kenneth Nealson was awarded a Raubenheimer Senior Award for sustained and significant contributions in scholarship, teaching and service and to the overall academic life of Dornsife. He singlehandedly established the internationally known Geobiology program at USC and has made seminal contributions in environmental microbiology.

November 2016

Craig Stanford is BISC's second recipient of USC's Raubenheimer Senior award for 2016. Craig is renowned for his cutting edge research in primate behavior and evolution and for his leadership in the Jane Goodall Research Center.

 

For more, see our News page.

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