› Academics » Biology » Walker Stinnette Libraries Home Prospective Students Program Overview Major Requirements Areas of Study Course Descriptions Global Experience Research & Internship Opportunities Meet Our Faculty & Staff Current Students Facilities Townes Science Center Laboratory Equipment Contact Biology Plan a Visit ›Apply Now ›Give to Furman › Main Content Column 1 Class of 2014 Hometown: Columbia, S.C. I took a May Experience course in Costa Rica that focused on tropical ecology. Our group went on walks through the rainforests and got a closer look at all the things that we studied in class. Life as a Biology Major Why did you decide to be a biology major? I always knew I wanted to major in science. There's just so much you can do with a biology degree. I thought it would give me a lot of professional opportunities. Best experience in the department: I took a May Experience course in Costa Rica that focused on tropical ecology. We went on walks through the rainforests and learned all about the things that we'd been studying in class. Favorite professor: Dr. Travis Perry. I went to Costa Rica with him, and he made it an amazing experience. Career goals: I'm interested in city planning and environmental research. But I'm trying to be open-minded before determining my career path. Internship experience: Right now, I'm doing research with Dr. Dennis Haney on water quality. We're analyzing the water quality of streams throughout Greenville County. Best of List Favorite activity: There are great places to run around campus. I usually run on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, which connects Furman to downtown Greenville. Best thing about Greenville: I like how close it is to the mountains. It's easy to get out of the city and go hiking. Favorite place to eat: Smoke on the Water. It's a fairly cheap spot in downtown Greenville, but they have really good food. Favorite Furman tradition: Chicken Finger Tuesday. Every Tuesday, Furman's Dining Hall serves chicken fingers. Best campus dining spot: The SAE table in the Dining Hall. I like eating with my friends every day. Helpful Tips Choosing a major: Don't rush into it. You don't have to decide your major until the end of your sophomore year. Take a couple general education requirements and figure out what you're interested in. Studying: Take advantage of your time between classes. It's easy enough to go back to your dorm, but if you go to the library, you actually get a lot done. Getting involved on campus: Don't overcommit yourself. Choose what you're interested in, and stick to that. There are plenty of opportunities for you to make a difference on campus. Making friends: Getting involved is a good way to meet people. I met all of my friends through various student organizations. You're not going to meet anybody if you're just sitting in your room.