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 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. 
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Pulitzer Prize Winner Fagin to Present Davis Lecture Nov. 2

Howard College of Arts and Sciences and the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership are partnering to host the free public lecture by the author of ‘Toms River,’ a gripping, true account of childhood cancers caused by industrial pollution in the town of Toms River, New Jersey. 
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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.