The Health Professions curriculum consists of programs and majors in the Department of Biological Sciences and many other departments, such as Chemistry and Psychology, that prepare students for productive and satisfying careers in chiropractic medicine, dentistry, medicine (allopathic and osteopathic), optometry, pharmacy, physician assistance, physical therapy, podiatry and veterinary medicine, to name a few. Academic preparation for the health professions requires a solid academic foundation in the biological sciences, physical sciences and the liberal arts.
In response to increasing reports of food-borne illnesses and food recalls, state and federal laws and regulations have become more stringent. Therefore, food retailers and regulatory agencies at the municipal, state and federal levels must have in-house personnel who are trained and certified in food safety. Students in this program will receive a bachelor’s degree in the Biology Program while completing a wide variety of courses designed to foster the skills and knowledge necessary for entry into food safety fields, understand the ethical responsibilities of the food safety profession, gain the academic background for additional training and acceptance into graduate school and understand the needs of food retail businesses and government regulators.
Master of Science in Environmental and Biological Science
This master’s program offers concentrations in Environmental Sciences and Biological Sciences. The Department provides opportunities for students to conduct a wide range of field and laboratory research projects. Research facilities include a herbarium, greenhouse and arboretum. The Department is fully equipped for conducting both laboratory and field research. Cooperative agreements with other universities and consortia exist to provide additional research opportunities.
The General Biology Program stands at the core of the department. More students are enrolled in the General Biology Program than in any of the Department’s other concentrations, programs or majors. Its popularity is due to the wide choice 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 sector.
The Biomedical Sciences Concentration prepares students for careers in the health professions and biotechnology. It is an integral part of the pre-professional program. Students who receive a bachelor’s degree in the Biomedical Sciences Concentration are well prepared to enter graduate or professional school, begin careers as laboratory technicians or seek employment in the biotechnology industry.
TROY offers a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees in Biology Education. These degrees prepare students for careers teaching biology at the secondary level (grades 6-12). Students seeking Alabama teaching certification should select Biology as a first major and Education as a second major. Students should consult with their advisers concerning all certification requirements.
A bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology provides the academic and field experience to prepare students for such rewarding careers in marine science as conducting research at universities and marine laboratories and working for industry or state and federal environmental agencies. The program of study includes two summers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab taking courses such as Vertebrate Zoology, Oceanography, Marine Ecology and Marine Botany, among other choices. During the freshman and sophomore years, students complete their foundation courses, which prepare them for advanced study. Students complete their upper-level biology and physics classes during their junior and senior years at the Troy Campus.