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Biology Degree

Modern biology is exceedingly broad in scope. Career opportunities for biology graduates are similarly broad. Auburn Montgomery’s program spans this range by providing several different concentrations that allow students to prepare for different career paths while pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

Consult this page to find your advisor: Advisors for Biology

Click here to download Biology course offerings by term (Subject to change)

    • 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 Concentration Course List (2015)
    • 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 Concentration Course List (2015)

    • Microbiology and Public Health 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 Concentration Course List (2015)

    • General Biology Concentration - The general biology curriculum 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 Concentration Course List (2015)
    • Environmental Science Concentration* -  In the environmental science 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 Science Concentration Course List (2014)

*As many of you know, the Department of Biology is offering a degree in Environmental Science with three new concentrations beginning in Fall 2015 (Environmental Biology, Environmental Health and Toxicology, and Environmental GIS).  The Biology concentration in Environmental Science will no longer be an option for incoming Freshman.  

If you are a Biology major with a concentration in Environmental Science (BIES) you should be aware of a few things.

  • You can graduate with your Biology Degree in the Environmental Science Concentration (BIES).  If you want to do this and are currently in the BIES concentration, you will be able to graduate with BIES whether it is this spring (2015) or 4 years from now. This only applies to people who are already in BIES.  Incoming students will not select this option.
  • If you are currently a Biology major in the BIES concentration and would like to change to the Environmental Science major, you can do that, but the timing is important.  If you change your major BEFORE Fall 2015 you will take the SAME classes listed in your current BIES plan of study and your diploma will say Environmental Science.  You will need to fill out the change of major form and return it to the registrar’s office ASAP.
  • If you are a current Biology (BIES) major and change your major to Environmental Science AFTER Fall 2015 you will need to choose one of the new Environmental Science Concentrations (Environmental Biology, Environmental Health and Toxicology, or Environmental GIS) and take the courses listed on your new concentration’s plan of study in order to graduate.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Environmental Science advisors:

Dr. Rosine Hall (
Dr. John Aho (
Dr. Karen Stine (, Health and Toxicology Concentration

Biology Scholarships

The AUM School of Sciences strives to ensure that students have every opportunity to successfully complete their educational goals. Part of that effort is our commitment to helping students to pay for costs associated with their education. Check to see the Biology department scholarships that are currently available. More

Study Abroad Opportunities

Study abroad summers or semesters are routinely offered through our membership in the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). From time to time, the department may sponsor other study abroad field experiences.


Alabama Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium Course Opportunities

Biology students enrolled at AUM may take marine biology courses at the Sea Lab in Mobile, Ala. Courses taken at this marine biology station may substitute for some of the courses in the environmental science option.


Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is a way to get research experience before leaving college. As a student you will work closely with a faculty advisor on a shared research project. The research options are almost limitless and the experience is invaluable. More