Environmental Science

enviornmental science

The Environmental Science (B.A.) degree is a science specialization based upon the fundamentals of biology and ecology.  Offered by the Department of Biology, the environmental science program is built on the foundation of the B.A. Biology degree, but includes additional science courses necessary for a strong environmental degree.

Students entering this fast-growing and dynamic field can expect to become involved directly in addressing some of the significant problems related to human impact on the environment. It also enables students to attend graduate school if they choose, or to succeed in a number of environmental science-related careers.  This comprehensive major is designed to meet the needs of students who desire a broadly based education in preparation for field/laboratory careers in such areas as applied environmental ecology, government service, teaching, and private industry/consulting.

Environmental Science prepares graduates to enter the diverse and vigorous environmental job market or advance to a graduate degree program in disciplines including botany, entomology, ecology, environmental engineering science, fisheries, forestry, landscape architecture, political science, resource economics, soil and water science, urban and regional planning, wildlife, or zoology or to a professional degree program in business, education, journalism, or law.

Explore the Environmental Science Program

The study of science is born from the conviction of the fundamental intelligibility of the world. Science at Ave Maria University testifies to the Catholic Church’s confidence in human reason’s ability to know the truth about God’s creation even apart from the illuminating power of grace. The natural sciences are not simply technological disciplines, but are truly liberal arts education in which we seek to know truth for its own sake. By enabling us to enter the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of physical reality, science instills within the students a deep sense of wonder at the natural universe.

  • Ave Maria University is located adjacent to the Florida Everglades, an extremely important ecosystem unlike any other in the world. In addition, students from Ave Maria University regularly explore tropical environments like mangrove forests, sea grass beds, and coral reefs of the Florida Keys.
  • AMU is home to a Tri-Beta National Biological Honors Society chapter, which exceptional Biology majors students have the opportunity to join.
  • Ave Maria University Department of Biology faculty teach all lab sections, allowing students more personal attention and expert guidance. Most labs are smaller than 24 students.
  • Student led organizations include the Biology club and the Science Club
  • The Department of Biology also offers degrees in Biology (B.S. or B.A.), Health Science (B.A.), Exercise Science (B.A.) and Health Science Administration (B.A.), and minors in Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Health Science, and Exercise Science.

In addition to the core curriculum, environmental science majors take the following courses
BIOL 105 Environmental Science with Lab
BIOL 211 Biology I with Lab
BIOL 212 Biology II with Lab
BIOL 220 Botany with Lab
BIOL 230 Zoology
BIOL 240 General Ecology with Lab
BIOL 303 Genetics with Lab
BIOL 401 Microbiology with Lab
BIOL 413 Critical Analysis -OR- BIOL 497 Directed Research
CHEM 211 General Chemistry I with Lab

Elective Options (Choose 2)
BIOL 307 Marine Biology with Lab
BIOL 321 Tropical Ecology and Field Biology
BIOL 340 Conservation Biology
BIOL 402 Microbiological Ecology
BIOL 438 Aquatic Biology

A degree in Environmental Science allows students a wide range of career options, including research based graduate programs, environmental consulting, environmental law, soil and water science, environmental activism, waste management, ecology, marine biology, and agricultural and government agency positions.

Thomas Smith, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Biology and Associate Professor

Education: B.S., Plymouth State University, Plymoth, New Hampshire; M.S., Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky; Ph.D., University of Louisville, Kentucky.
Office: Henkels Academic Bldg. 3048
Office Phone: (239) 280-2536
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Ernesto Quintero, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Education: B.S., California State University; Ph.D., University of Maryland.
Office: Henkels Academic Bldg. 2048
Email: ernesto.quintero@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 280-1666
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Stephen Cronin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Education: B.S., Texas A&M University; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego.
Office: Henkels Academic Bldg. 3051
Email: stephen.cronin@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 280-1617
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Nicholas Curtis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Education: B.S., Marine Science/Biology, University of Miami; Ph.D., Biology, University of South Florida
Office: Henkels Academic Bldg. 3067
Email: nicholas.curtis@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 304-7132
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Ladislav Sallai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Education: M.A., Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia; Ph.D., University of North Dakota.
Office: Henkels Academic Bldg. 3028
Office Phone: (239) 280-2418
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Brett Feger, M.S.

Instructor of Biology

Education: B.A., Biology, Knox College; M.S. Zoology, Western Illinois University
Office: Henkels Academic Bldg. 2066
Email: brett.feger@avemaria.edu
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Rafael Loureiro, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Biology & Lab Coordinator

Email: rafael.loureiro@avemaria.edu