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


Chambers Science Building at AAMU

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences offers academic programs that are dynamic and prepare students for a variety of careers in healthcare, food, natural resources, 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 the natural and environmental sciences is the gateway to many exciting educational and employment opportunities in the industry.


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. We offer 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. 


Our Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the following:

Undergraduate degrees:

  1. Biology

  2. Environmental Science

  3. Forestry

  4. Plant Biotechnology

Master's degrees:

  1. Biology (thesis and non-thesis degree options)

  2. Plant and Soil Science (thesis and non-thesis degree options) 

Each degree program has the option of additional specializations and tracks. Undergraduate students are encouraged to specialize further by choosing a concentration or track within each of the four degree programs, under the advisement of their undergraduate mentor.

Our small classroom sizes allow students ample opportunities for one-on-one access to their professors. Many courses also offer a hands-on approach, allowing students to learn scientific principles through lecture as well as through hands-on experiences in the lab and in the field. Additionally, faculty mentors are able to provide undergraduate students with additional hands-on learning opportunities in their research programs through support from the USDA (NIFA, Forest Service, and Natural Resource Conservation Service), National Science Foundation, private industry, private foundations, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Aeronautical and Space Administration.


In the 2009 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, AAMU was ranked 7th in the nation in their list of Top 100 Degree Producers for African American graduates in the biological and biomedical sciences for the year 2008. In that same issue, they ranked the doctoral program in Plant and Soil Science as one of the leading producers of African American PhDs in the agricultural sciences. Our forestry, ecology, and wildlife degree program is the only professionally accredited forestry program at a historically black college or university.

Additionally, there are ample opportunities available for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in international student exchanges, for example with collaborative universities in China and Costa Rica.

Our programs emphasize collaborative learning with a focus 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. 

Please peruse our web pages and feel free to contact any of our faculty, staff, or students for more information. They will be happy to assist you in any way they can.

















Contact Information

Wubishet Tadesse, Phd.

Chair & Professor

Office: 256-372-4252


Martha Palmer

Admin Secretary to the Chair

Office: 256-372-4214