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How would you like to engage in laboratory research? Study evolutionary biology in the Galapagos Islands? Or present your own paper at a national conference? At Furman, you'll have an opportunity to do it all.

The Furman Biology department can prepare you for a career in the life sciences. We provide our students with one-on-one instruction, world-class research facilities and a broad range of studies. The best part? You won't have to share lab space with graduate students because we're committed to undergraduate research. You'll even have the opportunity to study plants and animals in their ecosystems, taking study away courses in locations like the Galapagos Islands, the Rocky Mountains, and the Florida Everglades.

Founded on the central principles of the liberal arts, our program also allows you to pursue your wide-ranging interests and ideas. You'll explore how society, economics, and politics impact scientific research. And by the time you graduate, you'll be able to examine complex problems from multiple angles.

Program overview

We offer both the bachelor of science degree and the flexible bachelor of arts degree, which allows students to tailor the major to suit their professional interests. Classes cover a broad range of specializations within biology, and all feature hands-on laboratory and/or field components. Learn with us.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are working in a variety of fields related to the natural sciences, ranging in everything from field and laboratory research to medicine and academics. They have careers in behavioral biology, botany, cell biology, ecology, genetics, molecular biology, neuroscience, and sustainability. Others are gaining admission to some of the best medical, veterinary, graduate, and professional schools in the world.

A liberal arts degree is valuable in all professions. In addition to developing your technical skills, you’ll leave Furman knowing how to think critically, how to learn, how to see things from multiple perspectives and how to evaluate and create. These are skills that can be applied to any career and it’s part of the reason our graduates are so successful.

Outstanding faculty

With our ideal student-to-faculty ratio, you'll work and collaborate with professors who know your name. We’re always ready to mentor you on a research project, or help you understand challenging concepts. We see your period here at Furman as a professional apprenticeship - a time to collaborate with a research scientist on a real research project, so that you can leave Furman as a practicing biologist. Get to know our faculty.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our department is located in the Charles H. Townes Science Center, a $62.5 million facility that houses the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth and Environmental Science. You'll find cutting-edge research happening in every corner of this 200,000-square foot building. View our facilities.

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The best way to learn about our biology program is to visit the campus, see our amazing facilities, meet our faculty and see how much students are enjoying our program. You can schedule a biology classroom visit through the admissions office. Visit today.

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To pursue a degree in our department, you will need to apply to Furman through the Common Application. Get started.

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