Every fall students from Environment and Ecology spend a semester doing research and taking classes at the Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, NC. These students enjoy the low student:faculty ratio, hands on research, a capstone project, and courses taught by experts in biodiversity, mountain ecology, and conservation. The faculty enjoy having students in residence for the fall where they can interact with a broad range of backgrounds and interests. Students stay in a dormitory located on the Biological Station site and are immersed in the program from August to December. For many students this semester can change their perspective on what they want to do for a career, or how they see the world. The experience they gain opens doors for them to graduate school and on the job market.