Biological and Environmental Sciences

Whether you are interested in the ecology of the Amazon rainforest, the biodiversity of East Africa, the wonders of field zoology, the excitement of exploring Europe through our London Center, the secrets of modern cell and molecular biology, the stewardship of the environment, the fascination of the medicinal value of plants, or the marvels of the human body, the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences will offer you rich opportunities to develop your interests.

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I learned a lot about the art of education from my time spent in Samford University's biology department. I studied my professor's delivery of their material and demeanor in the classroom just as much as I studied the curriculum they taught. Allan Phipps, Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow Educator 2012, 2010 Broward County (Fla.) Teacher of the Year, 2007 SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Fujifilm National Environmental Educator of the Year

Students pursue careers in medicine, teaching, research, dentistry, field biology, optometry, marine biology, veterinary medicine, environmental science, and health-related professions.


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Samford Faculty, Students Find Role for Mushrooms in Cleaning Wastewater

Their new article in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology’ describes how a local, safe and edible mushroom secretes an enzyme that can break down contaminants into safe byproducts. 
Photo Samford STEM Honors Scholar Mellanie Herard

Samford STEM Honors Scholar Balances Family, Studies

Mellanie Herard is on the path to achieving her dreams with the help of caring faculty and Samford’s STEM Scholars Program. 
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Grayson and Smith Receive Top Awards at Opening Convocation

Political science professor Marissa Grayson received Samford University’s John H. Buchanan Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. Beth Smith, director of graduate admission for Samford’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences, received the Bill Nunnelley Award for outstanding job performance by a nonfaculty employee.