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Biological and Environmental Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Alabama A&M University.


Our academic programs are dynamic and prepare students for a variety of careers in health care, food and agriculture, in basic and applied biosciences and environmental sciences that lead to careers in research, industry, teaching and public service professions. Biology alone and in combination with environmental sciences is the gateway to many exciting educational and employment opportunities in the industry. Diverse Issues in Higher Education's Top 100 Degree Producers, 2009, ranked AAMU 7th in the production of African American graduates in Biological and Biomedical Sciences in the nation for the year 2008 and the PhD program in Plant and Soil Science as one of the leading producers of African American PhDs in Agricultural Sciences.  Our Forestry, Ecology, and Wildlife degree Program is the only professionally accredited forestry program at a historically black college or university.
Our students at AAMU learn and practice science through our interactive class lectures, laboratory exercises and projects, field trips, pre-professional internships, and summer research experiences. There are over 25 specialized research laboratories and three outdoor research stations and forest sites where agricultural, environmental, forestry and wildlife research is undertaken by our students and faculty members. The department offers degree programs in Biology, Environmental Science, Forestry, and Plant Science with additional specializations and tracks within each of these degree programs. Undergraduate students are encouraged to specialize further by choosing certain specific concentrations or tracks within each of the four degree programs.
Our teaching focuses on a hands-on approach and so our students not only study science, they actually DO science. To provide students with additional opportunities for working in the research programs with individual faculty mentors, the departmental faculty mentors receive research support from USDA (NIFA, Forest Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service), National Science Foundation, private industry, private foundations, US Department of Education and the National Aeronautical and Space Administration.
Our program emphasizes collaborative learning with emphasis on the development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills of our students. These skills constitute the foundation of a successful career in the biological, natural resources and environmental sciences. Opportunities are also available for undergraduates and graduate students to participate in international student exchanges for example with collaborative universities in China and Costa Rica.







Contact Information

Anthony S. Overton, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor


Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences


Office: 256.372.4219

Fax:     256.372.5429