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.


Photo Journalist Dan Fagin

Fagin Describes Crises of Natural and Communication Environments

“We can exploit the power that we have or we can embrace another Biblical concept—the concept of stewardship,” Fagin said. To do the latter, he said, we have to think beyond our individual situation and consider “what’s in the best interest of our children and grandchildren and the rest of our descendants.” 
Photo Students from Homewood High School were among the volunteers who took part in the Shades Creek Clean-Up

Almost 200 Join Effort to Clean Shades Creek

The event, organized by Samford University’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and the Friends of Shades Creek, assembled local youth, Samford students and others who want to help preserve the important waterway.  
Photo Minnesota State University Moorhead student Mark Lueders and Samford University professor emeritus Mike Howell

Samford Research Explores Possible Role for Henna in Cancer Treatment

A student/faculty research project adds to compelling evidence that a chemical produced by the henna plant might be useful in treating cancer and offers insight into appropriate dosage.