2017-2018 Samford University Catalog 
    Sep 29, 2023  
2017-2018 Samford University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological and Environmental Sciences

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Anthony S. Overton, Chair, Professor
Lawrence J. Davenport, Paul Propst Professor of Natural Sciences
Elizabeth G. Dobbins, Professor
David A. Johnson, Professor
Kristin A. Bakkegard, Associate Professor
Rita Malia Fincher, Associate Professor
Grant L. Gentry, Associate Professor
Andrew Hataway, Associate Professor
George E. Keller III, Associate Professor
Brad Bennett, Assistant Professor
Jennifer E. Layton, Assistant Professor
Mary Anne Sahawneh, Assistant Professor

Undergraduate Programs and Requirements

Majors Minors
Biology Major (B.S.)   Bioinformatics Minor for Biology or Biochemistry Majors  
Environmental Science Major (B.S.)   Biology Minor  
Marine Science Major (B.S.)   Marine Science Minor  

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences offers majors in biology, environmental science, and marine science, each leading to a bachelor of science degree. Preparation is provided for professional programs in the allied health sciences.

The department also offers minors in biology and marine science, plus an interdisciplinary minor in bioinformatics, offered in cooperation with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science . The bioinformatics minor is available in three variations, depending on the student’s major.

General Education: University Core Curriculum and Distribution Requirements

General Education Distribution Requirements are noted in the individual degree tables. In those cases where a requirement is not specified, see General Education Overview  in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences introductory pages for a list of required and applicable courses.





       Of related interest: IDSC 201 - Scientific Methods (4) .

      Marine Science

      Courses are offered only at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab operated by the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium of which Samford University is an active member. A minimum of at least one year of biology (preferably more) is required before any upper-level course in marine science may be attempted. Admission into all courses is subject to ultimate approval by the instructor. Unless otherwise indicated, marine science courses (MARS) are offered during the Summer.