University of South Carolina Beaufort


USCB. Discovered.

The University of South Carolina Beaufort is a small, public university with just over 1,750 students from around the world. With its heritage dating back to Beaufort College in the late 1700s, USCB continues to play a large role in the powerful futures of our students, faculty and staff, and communities we serve throughout the Low country.

USCB is a dynamic and vibrant academic community that serves the Lowcountry and beyond.

Led by Chancellor Al M. Panu, the University has two campuses situated in the heart of the Lowcountry—the Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, S.C., and the Historic Beaufort campus in Beaufort, S.C. These two campuses bring powerful futures to life through:

• 30 academic programs and majors that incorporate exceptional instruction, extensive hands-on learning, and leading-edge resources and technology.

• A location in proximity to world-class resorts at Hilton Head Island, the historically rich artistic setting in Beaufort, and much more to elevate hands-on learning.

• A student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1 that delivers a highly individualized learning environment.

• Leading educational opportunities at a truly affordable price, since USCB is known as the most affordable four-year institution in the state of South Carolina.

• Research opportunities in state-of-the art laboratories, a Student Research and Scholarship Day, and the ability to present research nationally and publish in nationally respected journals.


Our Campuses

Discover Our Two Campuses

The University of South Carolina Beaufort is the fastest growing four-year institution in South Carolina. From scenic views to state-of-the-art facilities, small class sizes to vibrant campus living, explore your powerful future at one of USCB’s two campuses—Hilton Head Gateway and Historic Beaufort.

Hilton Head Gateway - Main Campus

The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, S.C., is the University of South Carolina’s newest location just a short drive from Hilton Head Island, which offers world-class learning opportunities from biology research to interning at world class resorts.

Our 200-acre, newly constructed campus features all of the amenities and facilities needed for college life. Palmetto Village, Hilton Head Gateway’s campus housing, features seven fully furnished, suite-style residence halls featuring common living areas, and kitchens in each room.

The 26,000-square-foot Campus Center also features a bookstore, dining hall, multipurpose room, student meeting space, and a student lounge.

Historic Beaufort Campus

The Historic Beaufort campus sits on the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown Beaufort, S.C., where you can live and study close to artsy shops, restaurants, and the waterfront—all in a historically rich town with so much to offer.

With a history dating back to 1795, this campus features a Center for the Arts that hosts exhibits, concerts, theatrical events, and other performances—all in a historic, scenic, and vibrant community. Students can also live on campus at the Grace White House, a newly renovated residence hall that has a full-sized kitchen, bedrooms, and in-house laundry.

Beginnings bring opportunities, and USCB is at the beginning of programs, customs and traditions. It's an exciting time at an exceptional place.

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Bachelor of Science in Biology (Coastal Ecology and Conservation)

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Beaufort Bluffton + 1 more

The Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Coastal Ecology and Conservation serves the need for trained coastal scientists with knowledge and skills required to address the unique problems facing coastal ecosystems. [+]

Coastal Ecology and Conservation The Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Coastal Ecology and Conservation serves the need for trained coastal scientists with knowledge and skills required to address the unique problems facing coastal ecosystems. Environmental stresses from intense commercial and residential development have the potential to significantly impact sensitive coastal ecosystems if growth is not properly managed. USCB is well positioned to exploit the unique physical and ecological characteristics of the Sea Islands Coastal Region for the training of our students in the protection the local environment. Several of USCB's recent graduates are currently pursuing advanced degrees in some to the most competitive graduate programs both domestically and internationally. Others are working in local and regional coastal conservation/science positions as well as ecotourism jobs. The types of classes you will take include: Invertebrate Zoology, Biology of Marine organisms, Marine Plants, Ichthyology, Conservation Biology, Marine Ecology, Molecular Marine Ecology, and selected Topics in Biology. Research opportunities, including projects with the Research Vessel Vagabond are also available. Biology Curriculum USCB offers the Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology. To qualify for graduation, a student must meet general education requirements and biology core requirements as stated below. Coastal Ecology and Conservation Concentration: students have the ability to receive a concentration in Coastal Ecology and Conservation that will be listed on the transcript upon graduation. Students will need to take at least 4 courses (a minimum of 15, but not exceeding 18 credits) with corresponding laboratories within this concentration. Admissions Standards for the Biology Program Students who fulfill the admission requirements of USCB may enroll as biology majors. Transfer students are required to have a 2.0 GPA. The Biology program has the following goals: Provide students with a diverse knowledge in the biological sciences and significant exposure to the physical sciences. Prepare students for careers in the medical and health professions, environmental and natural resource management, and conservation areas. Foster a fundamental understanding for the process of science and an appreciation for how the life sciences and other areas of science impact our everyday lives and the future of the natural world. Provide students with the scientific background needed to understand and participate in the burgeoning biotechnological revolution. Provide students with the opportunity to understand themselves and their world from a scientific perspective. Serve as a necessary core area in science to allow the development of the other traditional sciences and foster the development of other interdisciplinary minors and majors. Provide promising undergraduate students with significant research experiences Provide much needed opportunities for interaction with the local citizenry concerning environmental and health care issues and environmental issues through formal classroom instruction, internships, seminars, and informal educational opportunities at local events Upon successful completion of the biology degree the student should… possess an understanding of biological systems at the molecular, physiological, organismal, and ecological levels; demonstrate critical thinking skills, analytical techniques, and problem solving skills applied to biological problems; possess a knowledge of classical research leading to the fundamental concepts and principles that serve as the foundation for biological inquiry; and be able to apply the scientific method to expand scientific knowledge and understanding. [-]

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Beaufort Bluffton + 1 more

With world-class golf, tennis, boating and accommodation facilities, beaches, creeks and marshes, excellent dining and nightlife, arts and cultural centers, and environmental and historical educational sites and programs, this region offers the perfect learning laboratory for hospitality studies and for enjoying your time at the University. [+]

Department of Hospitality Management Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration Coastal South Carolina: A Great Place to Live and Learn! Study Hospitality Management in a World-Class Setting With world-class golf, tennis, boating and accommodation facilities, beaches, creeks and marshes, excellent dining and nightlife, arts and cultural centers, and environmental and historical educational sites and programs, this region offers the perfect learning laboratory for hospitality studies and for enjoying your time at the University. A variety of internships and employment opportunities are available for students and graduates on Hilton Head Island, in Beaufort as well as Savannah. Many local businesses provide tuition assistance for Hospitality Management students who work in the field while completing an internship as part of the degree program. Step towards the future The resort island of Hilton Head and the historic town of Beaufort attract visitors from around the world, providing a unique opportunity for students to study hospitality management in a real-life learning laboratory. The University has two campuses for added convenience. The Historic Beaufort campus is situation in the Beaufort National Historic District. The Hilton Head Gateway campus is located in Bluffton and has on-campus student housing. Preparing For Success Graduates of the Hospitality Management program will be prepared to build successful careers in the booming tourism industry. We invite you to join us and experience a quality education in an exceptional environment. Why not study Hospitality Management at an international destination where more than two million tourists come to vacation each year? Curriculum The curriculum focuses on preparing students for managerial positions in the hospitality industry. Careers include management and entrepreneurial positions in time-share organizations, private clubs, lodging and food service operations, and the private and public tourism sectors. INTERNSHIPS The Hospitality Management Internship course (BHRM 495) is a three (3) credit hour course. The course requires a minimum of 400 hours of work experience in the field of hospitality or tourism. The internship placement is chosen in consultation with the students Academic Advisor and is normally taken by Senior students. Careers in Hospitality Management A variety of employment opportunities are available to our majors with Hilton Head Island, Beaufort and Bluffton hospitality corporations. Many local businesses offer tuition reimbursement for our students. The abundance of job opportunities at these local hospitality businesses give our students the ability to work in their chosen field while enrolled in school. This combination of work and study uniquely prepares our students for the career path they have chosen. Center for Event Management & Hospitality Training The USCB Center for Event Management and Hospitality Training is a collaboration between the Town of Hilton Head Island and The University of South Carolina Beaufort's Hospitality Management Program. Our Mission is to provide specialized education and training that will enable Hilton Head Island to become known as an international destination for Event Management and Hospitality Training. The center’s key focuses are: Expanding Destination Events Assisting in Event Management Training Hospitality Professionals Supporting the Hospitality Industry Training: The Center offers education opportunities in non-credit courses, certificates, and training. Programs are provided to Tourists, USCB students, local residents, local industry professionals, community college students, and individuals who are interested in bettering themselves through education and training. For more information contact: Special Events: The Center will promote Hilton Head Island as an Event Destination. People want to celebrate! Whether licking their fingers at WingFest or shivering at Snow Day – people love a festival. The Center will work with area non-profit organizations incubating new special events and promoting Hilton Head Island as an internationally known event destination. Volunteer Coordination: Special events cannot be successful without volunteers! The Center utilizes student volunteers and provides them with extensive event management opportunities. This benefits the students as they learn with the hands on approach; it also benefits the Event as key staff can be available for event expansion. The student workers are majoring in hospitality and provide a degree of professionalism, competence, and enthusiasm that assist Hilton Head Island by providing visitors, residents and future retires with an outstanding experience. [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Beaufort Bluffton + 1 more

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education is a degree program for undergraduate students at USCB who are seeking South Carolina teaching certification in grades Pre-K through elementary education. [+]

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education is a degree program for undergraduate students at USCB who are seeking South Carolina teaching certification. Early childhood education majors benefit from engaging hands-on experiences, opportunities to integrate theory with teaching practice, and extensive field and clinical experiences in child care settings, Head Start centers, Montessori schools, and local public schools. This program provides students with a broad academic background and the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to work with young children, ages birth through eight. The early childhood education program is a 123 semester-hour program. All students seeking to complete the B.A. in Early Childhood Education degree must be formally admitted into the Professional Program when they have completed a minimum of 46 semester hours, 30 of which must be completed at USCB, and met other requirements. The Pre-Professional and Professional Program sequence for early childhood education requires 67 hours of coursework focused on the development of pedagogical and content knowledge. The curriculum focuses on instructional strategies, teaching methodologies, assessment techniques, theories of child growth and development, unique learning needs of exceptional students, and the impact of family and cultural diversity on early childhood. The program has embedded field, practica, and clinical experiences throughout the coursework. In addition, the early childhood curriculum aligns with the conceptual framework, the Constructivist Educator, and prepares USCB's graduates to work with young children of varied cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds in the global community. National Accreditation The Department of Education is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In August 2013, USCB's Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program received "National Recognition" by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), This recognition is also part of the NCATE accreditation requirements. Admission to the Professional Program Students who are seeking to complete the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education or the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education must be formerly admitted to the Professional Program in the Department of Education. Formal admission occurs when students have completed between 46-55 hours of undergraduate study and have met all other requirements noted below. Transfer students with more than 56 undergraduate hours should apply during their first semester at USCB. Students may apply for admission once they have: Attended an Education Orientation Session Maintained a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75* in all undergraduate course work Completed all Pre-Professional courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a “C” or better in each course Completed the following courses with grades of “C” or better in each course: English (ENGL B101 and ENGL B102), Speech Communications (COMM B140 or COMM B201) and Math (MATH B221 and MATH B222) Achieved passing scores on all three sections of the Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators tests. Official scores must be submitted to and received by the Department of Education Completed a Criminal Background Check and Full Disclosure Statement from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Completed 25-hours of Youth Experiences or the Teacher Cadet Program Successfully completed the Professional Program Admission Essay Received approval by the USCB Professional Education Committee Professional Program Applications should be completed and submitted by the following dates: Fall - February 1, Spring - October 1 [-]