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Mission and Objectives

​The mission of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences is to provide our graduates with a solid

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences is committed to the preparation of students, and all citizens of Alabama and beyond, for life in the global community through research, teaching, and outreach activities that foster viable communities, a diversified economy, and a healthy environment.

academic foundation in the biological and environmental sciences with skills for further educational opportunities for careers in research, teaching and public services.  We expect that our students will become productive and informed citizens, who are well prepared for positions in public and private institutions, and for graduate and professional studies in the biomedical, biological, natural resources and environmental fields.




  • Teach fundamental principles and unifying concepts in the biological and environmental sciences, through a curriculum designed to exposure students in a multi-tier framework; beginning with general classes that introduce biological and environmental concepts and end with upper division courses and electives in specific areas of interest.


  • Provide research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to promote integrative learning, and to promote the development of new ideas and the acquisition of knowledge by the students and faculty.


  • Train students to function as scientists, by integrating research and pedagogy; exposing the students to the scientific process (hypothesis, experimentation, observation and analysis). This is done by including coursework and teaching laboratories and field courses that incorporate discovery-based approaches, as well as reading and analysis of scientific research literature.


  • Teach scientific literacy, which is the ability to communicate scientific concepts effectively in both written and oral formats, as well as to think critically and logically. This is achieved through requiring students to present their work through seminars, posters and in-course presentations to their peers and faculty for critique.


  • Provide a visible and easily accessible resource in the biological sciences to the community, through seminars by faculty and volunteer activities through student organizations.