The College of Sciences offers students a scientific education to meet the needs of the 21st century, allowing them to compete for a variety of careers in an increasingly complex and evolving world.

Biology and Environmental Science Programs of Study

Biology offers three undergrad degrees; Biology, Environmental Science, and Geographical Information Systems. The Biology and Environmental Science degrees have several concentrations to help you prepare for graduate school or to focus your interests for a particular career.

Biology Concentrations

Biology Health Science Concentration

The Biology Health Sciences concentration is designed for students seeking a degree in biology while preparing for application to health care professional schools. The courses in this concentration help student fulfill admission requirements or recommendations and are useful in preparing for professional school admission tests (MCAT, VCAT, PCAT, and similar).
Biology Health Science Program of Study

Molecular Biology Concentration
The molecular biology concentration is designed for students who have a desire to further their education through graduate school. This option will prepare students for graduate training programs in the biological sciences, including cellular and molecular biology, immunology, pharmacology and genetics, and will also prepare graduates for entry level positions in biological research and technology laboratories. This option will also provide a solid foundation for application to health-related professional schools.
Molecular Biology Program of Study

Public Health and Microbiology Concentration
The microbiology and public health concentration includes studies in microbial pathogenesis, principles of public health, epidemiology, molecular genetics, virology, environmental and industrial microbial processes. This concentration prepares students for technical work or graduate school in microbial disease systems using polymerase chain reaction, other molecular diagnostic tools as well as environmental and industrial applications of microbial systems.
Microbiology and Public Health Program of Study

General Biology Concentration Concentration
The general biology concentration is designed to prepare students for a wide range of post-graduate options including graduate school, health professions, and others. It is an excellent choice for students that know they want to study biology, but are not certain what their ultimate goal may be.
General Biology Program of Study



Environmental Science Concentrations

Environmental Science Biology Concentration 
In the environmental science biology concentration, students can prepare themselves for employment with private industry or government or for application to graduate degree programs in other universities. Potential job titles include: Water Quality Technician, Air Quality Technician, Wildlife Biologist, Environmental Consultant, Park Ranger, Environmental Planner, Environmental Educator, Outdoor Educator, Environmental Scientist, or Park Interpretive Specialist.
Environmental Biology Program of Study

Environmental Science Chemistry Concentration
Environmental chemistry is the study of the presence and movement of chemicals in the air, soil, and water. Environmental chemists study how these chemicals, usually contaminants, affect the health of people, wildlife, and ecosystems. This concentration prepares students for future studies in the field or for positions in state or federal agencies as well as private enterprise. This degree is perfectly aligned with a chemistry degree and students can easily earn a dual degree in Environmental Science and Chemistry for the same number of hours.
Environmental Chemistry Program of Study

Environmental Science Health and Toxicology Concentration
The health and toxicology concentration prepares students to look at their environment critically and assess how changes to their environment can affect their health and the health of their environment.  This is a great choice for students interested in getting a job or going on to graduate school.
Environmental Health and Toxicology Program of Study

Environmental Science Geographic Information Systems Concentration

Geographic Information System is a very important skill for many Environmental Scientists.  This concentration gives students an extensive skill set in GIS that they can use in the job market or as an entry point into graduate school. 
Environmental Science Geographic Information Systems Program of Study

For more information, please contact the Biology Department Faculty and Staff.

Geographic Information Systems

The Bachelor of Science in GIS is granted by Auburn University at Montgomery's Department of Biology and Environmental Science. The degree is a four-year professional degree specifically designed to prepare students of GIS for placement in technical positions in one of the nation’s fastest growing professions. Graduates of the BSGIS program acquire all the essential skills to assume technical positions in business, government, and industry, or seek employment as specialists in other areas where geospatial expertise is needed.

Students in GIS at Auburn University at Montgomery learn how to operate high-tech scientific equipment and computers to collect information and analyze data using programs designed by the world’s leading geospatial software providers. They also work with internationally recognized faculty members on research at home and abroad, and fill internships with federal, state, and local government as well as private industry.

Geographic Information Systems - Program of Study

Career Possibilities
Jobs for those holding GIS certification are expected to grow by more than 20% over the next decade in the private and public sectors. Opportunities include:
Private Sector
State, local and federal agencies
Archeology
Industrial and Public Relations
Monitor population growth and expansion
Develop predictive models to guide future infrastructure 

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Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems

This degree is a two-year professional degree specifically designed to prepare students of GIS for post-secondary appointments in government or the private sector. Graduates of the MSGIS program acquire all the essential skills to assume management positions in business, government, and industry, or seek employment as specialists in other areas where geospatial expertise is needed.

Graduate students in GIS at Auburn University at Montgomery learn how to operate high-tech scientific equipment and computers to collect information and analyze data using programs designed by the world’s leading geospatial software providers by working with Dr. Ha, Winemiller or Costa. They also work with internationally recognized faculty members on research at home and abroad, and fill internships with federal, state, and local government as well as private industry.

Career Possibilities
Jobs for those holding GIS certification are expected to grow by more than 20% over the next decade in the private and public sectors. Opportunities include:
Private Sector
State, local and federal agencies
Archeology
Industrial and Public Relations
Monitor population growth and expansion
Develop predictive models to guide future infrastructure 


Geographic Information Systems Certificate

The Geographic Information Systems Certificate equips students to use technology (hardware and software) as well as data to unearth and explain relationships, patterns, entities and attributes related to geographic areas. As an ever-increasing number of professions are using technology to make data-driven decisions, the need for GIS-savvy technicians is growing rapidly.


Minors

The department currently offers 5 minors:

The Biology Minor is a broad minor focusing on the various aspects of biological sciences. Students completing a minor in biology should acquire a basic knowledge of the biological sciences and become familiar with the scientific method and its applications in research.

Two prerequisite courses are required before you begin the biology minor.
BIOL 1010/1011 or BIOL 1017/1018 Cells, Molecules, and Life and laboratory (can be used as Core)
BIOL 1020/1021 or BIOL 1027/1028 Organisms, Adaptations, and Environment and laboratory (can be used as Core)
Biology Minor Program of Study

The GIS minor focuses on the various elements of computer assisted geospatial analysis. The minor consists of 4 courses for 16 semester hours of credit.
GIS Minor Program of Study

Food, Wine, and Beer Fermentation is an exciting new minor in the department. Students will take courses at a partner brewery, Common Bond Brewers. Fermentation is a biological process that requires baseline knowledge of microbiology and chemistry. Additionally to be successful as a brewer, a student will need a background in marketing and sales. The minor consists of three, four hour biology courses and two, three hours courses with our partners in Kinesiology. Students must be 21 to finish the Fermentation minor.
Fermentation Minor Program of Study

The Nutrition minor gives students a mastery in the fundamental knowledge of the field of nutrition and allows them to evaluate research and resources of the effects of nutrition on health and disease.
Nutrition Minor Program of Study

The Geography minor focuses on the various aspects of physical and human geography. This minor consists of 12 semester hours of credit.
Geography Minor Program of Study

To declare a minor, submit the change of major or minor form to the Registrar's Office.

For more information, please contact the faculty and staff of the Department of Biology and Environmental Science.

Double Majors

The department has also partnered with several other programs across campus to offer many excited double majors. These include:
Chemistry and Biology, Pre-Health Sciences (127 hrs)
General Biology and Environmental Health and Toxicology (132 hrs)
General Biology and Environmental Biology (129 hrs)
Biology Public Health and Environmental Health and Toxicology (129 hrs)
Environmental Science, GIS and GIS (127 hrs)
Environmental Biology and GIS (134 hrs)
Environmental Chemistry and Chemistry (120 hrs)