What is a biology degree?

Biology is the scientific study of life. As a discipline, it contains many areas of specialization, including biomedical sciences, cell and molecular biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, ecology and conservation biology. The study of biology can add critical information and perspective for a student seeking a broad perspective on the structure and mechanics of living organisms and their environments. Earning a degree in biology can lead to a plurality of career paths and also leads many students to pursue advanced degrees.

Why should you major in biology at Furman?

The Furman biology department offers the combination of a liberal arts and sciences education with an undergraduate experiential learning experience. Our program will expose you to a wide range of coursework and research opportunities, providing a guided pathway to prepare you for a wide range of careers. Best of all, you won’t have to compete with graduate students for space in our research facilities or the attention of your professor. Instead, you’ll work closely with faculty members in small teams as you pursue your studies. Furman also has a variety of study away and internship options that will allow you to gain a global perspective of biological sciences. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

What will you learn as a biology major?

Furman’s Bachelor of Arts and four-track Bachelor of Science in biology programs give you the ability to specialize in a particular field of biology or take a more general study route. Regardless of the path you take, Furman’s biology degrees equip you with the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to pursue your career choice in the field of biology.

Students work closely with faculty in small classes and teams. You will learn in a science center filled with modern research laboratories, computer labs and multimedia classrooms that rival many of the nation’s leading research institutions but within the setting of a private liberal arts and sciences university. Students also gain practical experiences with internships, study away opportunities and university-funded research fellowships.

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Biology majors may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biology. Students may also choose a focused track to complete their B.S. in biology requirements. The four tracks include Biomedical Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Environmental and Conservation Biology, and Integrative Biology. Major requirements vary.

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  • 100%
    Majors conducting research or internships
  • 15.5
    Average class size for upper-level courses
  • 6+
    Study away programs

What our students say

“The integrative biology track has allowed me to be incredibly flexible in terms of what I am learning. This track is not inherently specialized, so I get to take all the different kinds of science classes Furman has to offer. Taking numerous kinds of science classes has helped me determine what type of career I want to pursue and what kind of sciences I enjoy.”
Lindsey Price ’23

Our faculty

Srikripa Chandrasekaran

Assistant Professor of Biology

Adi Dubash

Associate Professor of Biology

Linnea Freeman

Associate Professor, Biology

Dennis Haney

Professor of Biology

Pamela Hanson

Professor, Biology

David Hollis

Professor of Biology

Gregory Lewis

Professor and Chair of Biology

Min-Ken Liao

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Biology

Ashley Morris

Professor, Biology; Curator of the Ives Herbarium (FUGR)

Travis Perry

Professor of Biology

John Quinn

Associate Professor, Biology; Director, Environmental Studies

Jason Rawlings

Associate Professor of Biology

Alison Roark

Associate Professor of Biology

Victoria Turgeon

Professor,Biology; Academic Director, Prisma Health Partnership; Faculty Ombuds

Wade Worthen

Rose J. Forgione Professor of Biology
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