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.

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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
BIOL 211 Biology I
BIOL 212 Biology II
BIOL 220 Zoology
BIOL 230 Botany
BIOL 240 General Ecology
BIOL 303 Genetics
BIOL 401 Microbiology
BIOL 413 Critical Analysis II -OR- BIOL 497 Directed Research
CHEM 125 General Chemistry I

Elective Options (2 Required)
BIOL 307 Marine Biology
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.

Jason Adames, D.P.T.

Adjunct Instructor of Biology
Education: DPT, Physical Therapy, Wheeling Jesuit University; B.A., Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Jacob Blanchard, Ph.D. (candidate)

Instructor of Biology and Research Fellow
Education: B.A., Biology, Ave Maria University; Ph.D. (candidate), Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University
Office: Henkels 2062
Phone: (239) 304-7130

Cynthia Chandler

Adjunct Instructor of Biology
Education: B.S., Dietetics and Institution Administration, Western Kentucky University; M.S., Clinical Nutrition, University of Kentucky

Stephen Cronin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Molecular & Cellular Biology, Texas A&M University; Ph.D., Biology, University of California, San Diego.
Office: Henkels 3051
Phone: (239) 280-1617

Nicholas Curtis, Ph.D.

Chair of the Biology Department, Assistant Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Marine Science & Biology, University of Miami; Ph.D., Cell & Molecular Biology, University of South Florida
Office: Henkels 2053
Phone: (239) 304-7132

Brett Feger, M.S.

Instructor of Biology
Education: B.A., Biology, Knox College; M.S., Zoology, Western Illinois University
Office: Henkels 2066
Phone: (239) 280-1637

Craig Flanagan, Ph.D. (candidate)

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Miami; M.S., Clinical Exercise Physiology, University of Miami; DC, Chiropractic, Life University; Ph.D. (candidate), Exercise Physiology, University of Miami
Office: Henkels 2054
Phone: (239) 304-7367
Fax: (239) 280-1607

Ernesto Quintero, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Marine Biology, California State University; Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Maryland
Office: Henkels 3050
Phone: (239) 280-1666

Ladislav Sallai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Education: M.A., Pharmacy, Comenius University; Ph.D., Chemistry, University of North Dakota
Office: Henkels 3028
Phone: (239) 280-2418

Thomas Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Environmental Biology & Chemistry, Plymouth State University; M.S., Recreation, Western Kentucky University; Ph.D., Environmental Biology, University of Louisville
Office: Henkels 3048
Phone: (239) 280-2536