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Environmental Science



The TROY program in environmental science focuses the student on any and all aspects of the nature of their environment, from humanity's influences to nature's cycles. This program will prepare you for a continued education in environmental sciences, or future careers in environmental sociology, forestry, and more.

Environmental Science


Peterson's Guides, Education for the Earth, 1993.

During the first two years, students complete general studies requirements in English, mathematics, computer science, and chemistry. Students complete their upper-level environmental science classes during their junior and senior years. In addition to classroom and laboratory study in modern teaching and research facilities, students are provided the opportunity to learn practical skills by participation on research projects and in internship programs.


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

Spring Semester
   Organismal Biology & Lab
   Chemistry II & Lab
   English Composition II
   General Studies
   General Studies

Fall Semester
   Principles of Env. Science & Lab
   Organic Chemistry I & Lab
   Literature I
   General Studies
   General Studies 

Spring Semester 
   General Ecology & Lab
   Organic Chemistry II & Lab
   Literature II
   General Studies
   General Studies

Fall Semester 
   Genetics & Lab
   Intro. Soil Science
   Physics I & Lab
   General Studies 

Spring Semester 
   Population Ecology & Lab
   Appl. Statistics for Sci.
   Physics II & Lab
   General Studies

Fall Semester 
   Industrial Hygiene & Lab
   Env. Assessment & Lab
   General Studies

Spring Semester 
   Microbiology & Lab
   Toxicology & Lab
   Free Elective 

More than 125,000 new positions are created each year in the environmental field. These opportunities include: environmental chemistry/scientist, air and water quality management, parks and outdoor recreation, solid waste management, hazardous waste management, urban and rural land-use planning, land and water conservation, computer modeling, GIS (geographical information systems), forestry, planning and energy, environmental journalism, and environmental law.

Many students perform undergraduate research under faculty supervision. The students learn research techniques as they work closely with faculty and the Center for Environmental Research and Service. The Center delivers environmental services across Alabama and to the Troy University community. Students present their research findings at scientific meetings and publish in professional journals.

The Environmental Science program at Troy University offers internship programs at government agencies, businesses, industries, public service organizations, and many other workplaces. This supervised program imparts practical experience, application skills, and knowledge of environmental sciences. Many of our students quickly land jobs because of the practical experience acquired through internships.


  • 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. 


For additional information about the Environmental Science 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.


:: About the College of Arts and Sciences

Whether your interests are in solving crimes, keeping up with computer technology, protecting the environment or somewhere in between, Troy University’s College of Arts and Sciences has just the place for you. As one of the most dynamic colleges in the University, Arts and Sciences provides a modern, quality education that will prepare you to excel in your chosen field.