Biological Environmental Sciences

Mission Statement
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.

Plumleaf Azalea Rhododendron prunifolium (Small) Millais. It is native to a few counties along the Chattahoochee River between Alabama and Georgia from the Auburn area south to Haleburg in Henry County on the Alabama side.

Biology students receive Beta Beta Beta (BBB) Biological Society Foundation Research Scholarships.
The following students have been awarded Beta Beta Beta research grants for the 2018 academic year:

Lasata Shrestha – “Detection of Bacterial Contamination in Blenderized Food for Tube Feeding in a U.S. Hospital Setting”, research advisor – Dr. Joong-Wook Park
Adebimpe Adefolaju – “EMT and Notch Signaling in FOXI 3 Ablated Prostate Cancer Cells”, research advisor – Dr. Jacqueline Jones
Tyler Hall – “Fibroblast Growth Factors and Bone Remodeling in FOXI 3 Ablated Prostate Cancer Cells”, research advisor – Dr. Jacqueline Jones
Lasata, Adebimpe, and Tyler will each present their research projects at the 2018 Beta Beta Beta District Convention.

Dr. Julian Pittman’s research gets published in ‘The rights and wrongs of zebrafish: Behavioral phenotyping of zebrafish ’ by Springer Publishing.
Dr. Pittman’s research has been featured in the book published by Springer titled The rights and wrongs of zebrafish: Behavioral phenotyping of zebrafish’ edited by Allen V. Kalueff. He contributed two chapters, which outlines the use of zebrafish to study the pathological mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disorders and explores how zebrafish models can be used to target a wide range of human brain disorders and aberrant phenotypes . The book includes contributions by renowned leading international scholars.

Troy faculty was invited for an oral presentation at 2018 ASU Annual Research Symposium
In February 2018, Dr. Joong-Wook Park was invited to present his research at College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (C-STEM) Annual Research Symposium, Alabama State University. News media reported the event.


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