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General Biology

More students are enrolled in the General Biology Concentration than in any of the Department’s other concentrations, programs, or majors. Its popularity is due to the wide choices of Departmental courses in which students may enroll to meet the diverse academic requirements of professional schools, graduate schools, and employment in the public and private sectors.

During the freshman and sophomore years, students complete general studies requirements in English, mathematics, and computer sciences. They also complete their foundation courses, such as Principles of Biology and Organismal Biology, General Chemistry, General Ecology, Genetics, and Organic Chemistry, which prepares them for advanced courses. Students complete their upper level biology and physics classes during their junior and senior years.


Fall Semester
   Principles of Biology & lab
   Chemistry I & lab
   English Composition I
   Calculus I

Spring Semester
   Organismal Biology & Lab
   Chemistry II & Lab
   English Composition II
   General Studies
   General Studies
Fall Semester
   General Ecology & lab
   Organic Chemistry I & lab
   Literature I
   General Studies
   General Studies 

Spring Semester 
   General Microbiology & lab
   Organic Chemistry II & lab
   Literature II
   General Studies


Fall Semester 
   Botany/Zoology & lab
   Genetics & lab
   Physics I & lab
   General Studies 

Spring Semester 
   Botany/Zoology & lab
   Field Biology
   Applied Statistics
   Physics II & lab
Fall Semester 
   Upper level Biology & lab
   Upper level Biology & lab
   Cell and Molecular & lab
   General Studies 

Spring Semester 
   Upper level Biology & lab
   Upper level Biology & lab
   General Studies

  • Tri-Beta, the honor society for Biology
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), the Society of Pre-Health professions
  • Environmental Club.

  • Arboretum: contains 75 acres of plant species representative of Southeast Alabama
  • Herbarium: houses specimens of vascular plants, bryophytes, and lichens. 


The General Biology Concentration serves as the academic home for students with three different career goals. First, most of the Department’s pre-health professions students are enrolled in the General Biology Concentration. Because admission to professional schools is extremely competitive, it is essential that students prepare for the academic commitment that the pre-health professions require. Admission to professional schools is based on grade point average, performance on national exams, such as medical, dental, optometry, or veterinary aptitude exams, interviews, and letters of recommendation. Second, other students plan to attend graduate school. They select those courses that are most appropriate for their future studies and also take the Graduate Record Examination. Many graduate schools offer assistantships to help defray the costs of a graduate education. Third, many students seek jobs in the private and government (state and federal) sectors upon graduation. The Concentration builds a strong foundation in the biological, chemical, and physical sciences that makes our students' credentials attractive to prospective employers.

Many students conduct undergraduate research under faculty supervision. The students learn research techniques as they work closely with faculty. Each year our undergraduate students present their research findings at regional and national scientific meetings and some publish them in professional journals.

For additional information about the General Biology Program, facilities, faculty, and course offerings, please contact:

Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences
Troy University
213 McCall Hall (MSCX)
Troy, AL 36082


About the Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences

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The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences prepares students for graduate studies, health professional fields, teaching positions, and careers in business and government. 

The Department offers undergraduate programs in biology (with concentrations in general biology, ecology and field biology, cell and molecular biology and medical technology), marine biology, and environmental science. The Department offers majors in biology education, biology (non-teaching) and a minor in biology (non-teaching). 

The Master of Science in Environmental & Biological Sciences is designed to broaden the graduate student’s perspective and provide skills and knowledge for understanding environmental and biological problems in the sciences.



Front Row (L to R):Dr. Stephen Landers, Dr. Glenn Cohen (Chair), Dr. Philip Reynolds, and 
Dr. Michael Woods

Back Row (L to R): Dr. Wayne Morris, Mrs. Sara Hester, Dr. Christi Magrath, Dr. Michael Stewart, Dr. Alicia Whatley, Miss Abby Peters, Dr. Lisa Ann Blankinship, Mrs. Heather Lofton-Garcia, 
Ms. Janet Gaston , and Mrs. Teresa Moore

Not Shown: Dr. Neil Billington, Dr. Alvin Diamond, Dr. Sigurdur Greipsson, Ms. Rachael Koigi


Sig B. Harden, PhD
Professor and Department Chair
Montgomery Campus

Troy University Montgomery Campus, is proud to offer the following courses within the Department of Science. We are located in Barlett Hall, Room 315, on the Montgomery Campus of Troy University.

The Montgomery Campus provides prerequisites and other courses required for students wishing to pursue an education in sciences, including Principles of Biology, Microbiology, Organismal Biology, General Chemistry I and II, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and the associated Labs. Of course, a study in any science will not restrict a student from achieving an occupation in another field, as even a minor in any of the sciences can make a student more appealing during the application process for graduate degrees in education, law, and other doctoral programs.


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