Global Experience

Every year, we take dozens of students on study away trips. Their journeys cover every corner of the globe, from the savannahs of Africa to the rainforests of Costa Rica. Furman Biology faculty lead these experiences, providing continuity with your campus-based curriculum. Sample a few of our study away programs:

Darwin and the Galápagos

Travel to the islands that inspired Charles Darwin. You will travel through the archipelago by boat, observing the unique species of birds, reptiles, and plants that led Darwin to conclude that species change and evolve over time. Before traveling to the islands, you’ll explore the cultural history and diversity of Ecuador in colonial Quito and the Otavalo region.

Questions about the program? Contact Dr. Greg Lewis.

Marine Biology and Ethnobiology in Belize

Want to spend part of the semester in Belize? You’ll begin this study away program by taking courses in marine biology and ethnobiology at Furman. Then, when you’re prepared, you’ll head to Belize for the final three weeks of the semester. The trip won’t prevent you from taking other courses. In fact, we’ll work with faculty in biology and other departments to ensure that you’ll meet the requirements of your other courses even though you’ll leave early. In some cases, you may need to complete a project or exam while you’re in Belize.

When you get to Belize, you’ll snorkel over the country’s coral reefs, visit at a coffee farm, and visit Mayan ruins.

Want more information about the trip? Contact Dr. Dennis Haney.

Oceans and Human Health in Bermuda

How does something that makes up 71 percent of the Earth’s surface impact our health? Travel with us to the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, a world-class marine science laboratory, to find out. You’ll study issues like pollution, mercury levels in fish, how marine animals can be used in developing pharmaceuticals, and more. Not only will you have your Furman professors there to teach you, you’ll also work with the institute’s resident scientists.

This program isn’t just for biology students, either. We’ve had majors in Earth and environmental science, chemistry, history, and health education science join us.

Want to learn more about our trip? Contact Dr. A. Roark

Regional Agriculture

When you think about Italian food, there are probably some items that immediately come to mind. Mozzarella. Tomatoes. Pasta. Wine. But why does one culture cultivate these foods and another focus on other items? We’ll use an interdisciplinary lens to look at how culture, religion, history, and science affect regional agricultural methods. In the past, we’ve worked with professors in other departments to teach this course in Italy and Mexico. But we’re always looking for new places to explore.

Do you have more questions about this class? Contact Dr. Eli Hestermann.

Tropical Ecology in Costa Rica

Experience the natural wonders of Costa Rica in this ‘2+2’ program. Take a 2-credit campus course in spring, and then travel to Costa Rica for the 2-credit May Experience. When you’re there, you’ll hike, study, and conduct ecological research in rain forest, cloud forest, and tropical dry forest. As one student said, “it’s like walking through the pages of National Geographic!”

Have more questions about the program? Contact Dr. John Quinn for more information.

Wild Semester in New Mexico and South Africa

Take a journey into the wild. Over the course of a single semester, you’ll observe and study animals on two different continents. First, you’ll travel to New Mexico where you’ll track mountain lions, observe elk and bison, and study complicated water and land use issues. From there, you’ll travel to South Africa to observe the planet’s last great mammal communities. Seeing endangered black rhinos, leopards, lions, elephants, and giraffes in the wild will make memories that last a lifetime.

When you’re not in the field, you’ll study ecology, conservation issues, field zoology, and natural resource management. You’ll take weekend field trips, and listen to guest speakers. Local and federal wildlife officials, field biologists, museum curators, and environmental activists will share their expertise with the class.

Have more questions about the program? Contact Dr. Travis Perry for more information.