2022-2023 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 02, 2023  
2022-2023 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog

Biological & Environmental Sciences (Undergraduate)

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Anthony S. Overton, Chair, Professor
Kristin A. Bakkegard, Paul Propst Professor of Natural Sciences
Lawrence J. Davenport, Professor
Elizabeth G. Dobbins, Professor
Rita Malia Fincher, Associate Professor
Grant L. Gentry, Associate Professor
R. Andrew Hataway, Associate Professor
George E. Keller III, Associate Professor
Brad C. Bennett, Assistant Professor
Katelynn Corder, Assistant Professor
Jennifer E. Layton, Assistant Professor
Riley Lovejoy, Visiting Instructor

Undergraduate Programs and Requirements

Biology Major (B.S.) 
Environmental Science Major (B.S.) 
Marine Science Major (B.S.)  

Interdisciplinary Major
Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Major (B.S.)  

Biology Minor 
Marine Science Minor 
Neuroscience Minor  

Interdisciplinary Minor
Bioinformatics Minor for Biology or Biochemistry Majors 
The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences offers majors in biology, environmental science, and marine science, each leading to a bachelor of science degree. Additionally, in cooperation with the Department of Psychology, the department offers an interdisciplinary major in neuroscience, leading to a bachelor of science degree. Preparation is also provided for professional programs in the allied health sciences.

The department also offers minors in biology, marine science, and neuroscience, 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. See the mathematics and computer science department for information on the other variations.

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.


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      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.

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