Environmental Science

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Our Environmental Science major is designed to meet the needs of students who desire a broad ecological and scientific education. As an AMU graduate, you can expect an Environmental Science degree to carry you on to graduate studies or any number of environmental science-related careers.

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ENCOURAGE GOOD STEWARDSHIP

Our Environmental Science major is designed to meet the needs of students who desire a broad ecological and scientific education. As an AMU graduate, you can expect an Environmental Science degree to carry you on to graduate studies or any number of environmental science-related careers.

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Skills You will Gain

1. Interdisciplinary skills. You will explore the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems and possible solutions. As a result, you will be prepared to delve into a career in botany, entomology, ecology, soil and water science and many other fields.

2. Laboratory and field experimentation. Using different sampling techniques, you will conduct important experimentation across environmental disciplines.

3. Critical thinking skills. Whether you are planning a career in the sciences, business or another field, you will benefit from the critical thinking skills afforded through scientific inquiry, critical analysis of experimental data and communication of results.

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Chair of the Biology Department; Professor of Biology

Email:

agnes.berki@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7926

Office:

Henkels 3053

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Instructor of Biology

Email:

jacob.blanchard@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7130

Office:

Henkels 3052

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Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Adjunct Instructor of Exercise Physiology

Email:

jamon.copeland@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-7943

Office:

Thomas Student Union 2031

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Associate Professor of Biology

Email:

stephen.cronin@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1617

Office:

Henkels 3051

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Dr. Paula Ines Castagnet Chair of Biological Sciences; Associate Professor of Biology

Email:

nicholas.curtis@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7132

Office:

Henkels 2053

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Instructor of Biology; Faculty Athletics Representative

Email:

brett.feger@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7366

Office:

Canizaro Library 249

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Associate Professor of Biology

Email:

ladislav.sallai@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-2418

Office:

Henkels 3028

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Associate Professor of Biology

Email:

samuel.shephard@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7345

Office:

Henkels 2021

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Email:

sandra.tirado@avemaria.edu

Phone:

Office:

Henkels 3032

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Professor of Exercise Physiology

Email:

stephen.wirick@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7966

Office:

Canizaro Library 313

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FAST FACTS

  • 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.

INTERNSHIPS & CAREERS

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.

REQUIRED COURSES

Required Courses for the Major

BIOL 105 Environmental Science I

BIOL 211 Biology I Cellular and Molecular Biology

BIOL 212 Biology II Organismal and Population Biology

BIOL 220 ZoologyBIOL 230 Botany

BIOL 240 General Ecology with laboratory or BIOL 241 General Ecology without laboratory

BIOL 303 Genetics

BIOL 401 Microbiology

BIOL 413 Critical Analysis II or BIOL 497 Directed Research

CHEM 125 General Chemistry I

MATH 150 Functions or MATH 151 Calculus

Two Electives from among the following courses

BIOL 106 Environmental Science II

BIOL 307 Marine Biology

BIOL 310 General and Chemical Oceanography

BIOL 321 Tropical Ecology and Field Biology

BIOL 340 Conservation Biology

BIOL 402 Microbiological Ecology

BIOL 403 Animal Physiology

BIOL 407 Marine Zoology

BIOL 408 Marine Botany

BIOL 438 Aquatic Ecology

Minor in Environmental Science

BIOL 105 Environmental Science I

BIOL 211 Biology I Cellular and Molecular Biology

BIOL 212 Biology II Organismal and Population Biology

BIOL 220 Zoology or BIOL 230 Botany

BIOL 240 General Ecology with laboratory or BIOL 241 General Ecology without laboratory

One from among the following courses

BIOL 106 Environmental Science II

BIOL 307 Marine Biology

BIOL 310 General and Chemical Oceanography

BIOL 321 Tropical Ecology and Field Biology

BIOL 340 Conservation Biology

BIOL 402 Microbiological Ecology

BIOL 403 Animal Physiology

BIOL 407 Marine Zoology

BIOL 408 Marine Botany

BIOL 438 Aquatic Ecology with laboratory

DEPARTMENTAL MESSAGE

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.

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