Biology offers majors leading to both the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The Bachelor of Science is recommended for students planning to enter graduate or professional school in the life and health sciences. The Bachelor of Arts provides greater flexibility for students pursuing broader or more interdisciplinary objectives. In addition, the Biology Department provides students the opportunity to select a focused track to complete their B.S. major requirements. All four tracks require the same number of credit-bearing science courses (13). The tracks are Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB), Environmental and Conservation Biology (ECB), and Integrative Biology (IB).
Preparing for professional and graduate schools
BIO-101 or BIO-102 is recommended for non-majors who may want to become eligible for teacher licensure. Non-biology majors applying to health professional schools that require eight credits of general biology are recommended to complete BIO-111 and BIO-210 .
Students preparing for professional and graduate schools should be careful to meet those schools’ entrance requirements, which may include some courses not required for the degree and a standardized examination such as the Graduate Record Examination or the Medical College Admission Test.
Dual-degree programs in Environmental Management, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and other health fields allow a student to enter a professional school after three years at Furman. For further information, see the department chair or the health careers advisor.
Students interested in marine biology may study at the Duke University Marine Laboratory, where they may enroll in up to four courses for a maximum of 16 credits. Opportunities are also available for study off campus at several colleges, research laboratories and hospitals. Participating students may receive credit for corresponding biology courses.
ProgramsBachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science