The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences prepares students for graduate studies, health professional fields, teaching positions, and careers in business and government.
The Department offers undergraduate programs in biology (with concentrations in general biology, ecology and field biology, cell and molecular biology and medical technology), marine biology, and environmental science. The Department offers majors in biology education, biology (non-teaching) and a minor in biology (non-teaching).
The Master of Science in Environmental & Biological Sciences is designed to broaden the graduate student’s perspective and provide skills and knowledge for understanding environmental and biological problems in the sciences.
Dr. Kewei Yu presented his poster "A Model Analysis of Rainfall-driven Runoff in a Sugarcane Field" at the Joint meeting of Annual meeting of Society of Wetland Scientists and 11th Wetland Biogeochemistry Symposium. The meeting was held in Madison, WI from June 21-26, 2009.
Dr. Alicia Whatley, Dr. Michael Stewart, and Dr. Christi Magrath, along with former graduate student Ms. Smirti Bhattarai, all in the Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences, had an article published in the journal Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management. The title of the publication was "Cytochrome P450 induction in Ictalurus punctatus following exposure to wastewater treatment plant effluent.
In addition, Dr. Stewart co-authored two presentations, along with graduate students in the Environmental & Biological Sciences Masters Program, Mr. Jonathan Miller and Mr. Ross Cummings, at the Alabama Water Resources Association's Annual Conference in Orange Beach , AL . The titles of the presentations were: "The Little Choctawhatchee River: a pre-dam assessment on water quality, mussel, fish, and crayfish assemblages" and "Comparison of fish assemblages of two Alabama rivers: one free-flowing the other dammed."
Dr. Michael Woods, Professor of Botany and Herbarium Curator, was the recipient of the 2009 Windler Award from the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. The Windler Award is presented annually to the scientist that published the best systematic botany manuscript in Castanea during the previous year. The title of the paper authored by Dr. Woods is “The genera Desmodium and Hylodesmum (Fabaceae) in Alabama ”. The manuscript, which was published in March 2008, provides dichotomous keys, descriptions, illustrations and county-level distribution maps for the twenty species of Desmodium and three species of Hylodesmum that occur in Alabama.
Students and faculty from the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences showed up in full force at the 70 th annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, April 1-4, 2009 in Birmingham.Ten Faculty members and 19 students and former students were authors on a total of 16 oral and poster presentations at the meeting.