BiologyThe bachelor of science in biology develops students' abilities to address complex questions about the natural world, and prepares students for careers in research, health care, science writing, and many other related disciplines. Through small classes, collaborative research experiences, and intentional faculty mentoring, students develop skills to explore the natural world in its many forms, from cellular signaling and genetic expression through anatomy and physiology to communities and ecosystems.
Environmental ScienceEnvironmental science majors are at the forefront of the critical efforts needed to identify and control threats to our biosphere, ecosystems, and human health. They accomplish this by using skills and knowledge from multiple disciplines that allow them to work with businesses, industry, government, communities, and individuals on issues that affect the natural environment and therefore the quality of life for humanity.
The Bachelor of Science in marine science prepares a student for a career in this important and exciting part of modern biology. The goal of the program is to provide students with hands-on training in marine biology, including field studies, laboratory research, and aquaculture. A key component of the program is the summer experience at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) off the Alabama coast.
Neuroscience is a modern version of the ancient human quest to understand ourselves. Unlike the ancients, we know that there is a dynamic, reciprocal relationship between the brain, thoughts, and behavior. This broad, interdisciplinary effort connects molecules to minds and reaches to the soul. Molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, and physics improve our understanding of how neurons create signals, while psychology, psychiatry, and neurology link neural processes and systems to the mind and behavior. Neuroscience depends upon a strong foundation in the behavioral and basic sciences, mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Samford's undergraduate neuroscience major provides a rigorous but flexible course of study that encompasses this broad field.
Bioinformatics (for Biology or Biochemistry Majors)An interdisciplinary program merging insights and techniques from the fields of biology, computer science, mathematics, and information technology. Computational methods lead to the discovery of new biological insights and the creation of global perspectives from which to discover unifying principles in biology, pharmacology, and medicine. Three versions of the bioinformatics minor are available. Students majoring in biology or biochemistry should follow the minor table below. Students majoring in computer science or any other discipline should follow one of two bioinformatics minor tables as seen in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science section.
BiologyThe minor in biology develops students' abilities to address complex questions about the natural world, and helps prepare students for careers in research, health care, science writing, and many other related disciplines. Through small classes, collaborative research experiences, and intentional faculty mentoring, students develop skills to explore the natural world in its many forms, from cellular signaling and genetic expression through anatomy and physiology to communities and ecosystems.
Marine ScienceThe minor in marine science offers specialized opportunities for study and research in the fields of marine zoology, botany and ecology.
NeuroscienceThe field of neuroscience contains the greatest undiscovered body of knowledge in any area of biological, physiological and computational science. This rapidly-growing field covers a wide range of subjects including normal brain function, artificial intelligence, and the causes and treatments of neuropathological conditions. This interdisciplinary neuroscience minor compliments disciplines including: biology, psychology, biomedical engineering, criminal justice, philosophy, public health, education, kinesiology, business and economics.
Environmental Management (M.S.E.M.)
Samford's fully online, 36-hour Master of Science in Environmental Management (MSEM) degree program that will prepare you to address important environmental issues faced by industry, non-profits, governments, and individuals, regardless of your undergraduate degree or career background. The program is designed with maximum flexibility, and can be completed in one year while still allowing you time for family, work and other commitments. You can complete your study whenever you like, wherever you have an Internet connection, and still have full access to our advisers, faculty and excellent on-campus resources such as career development and library resources.
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management
The all-online, 12-hour Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management is designed to help you apply interdisciplinary concepts and methods to address environmental problems facing industry, nonprofits, governments and individuals without committing to a full graduate degree.
Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
The all-online, 12-hour Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems program will help you develop the skills needed for sophisticated gathering, analysis, mapping, and reporting of geographic data related to the environment.