Department of Natural Sciences

Faculty members in the Department of Natural Sciences endeavor to develop in their students the qualities of responsibility, critical thinking, academic and professional competence, and high moral and ethical standards. Through the science curriculum, students will gain an appreciation for living organisms, the environment, and the basic processes of biology, physics, and chemistry. The faculty further seeks to establish and maintain quality undergraduate programs in the sciences consistent with a liberal arts experience in a Christian environment.

You may choose to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in the following:

  • Biology
  • Biology - Pre-Med
  • Biology - with Teacher Certification
  • Marine Science

You may choose to minor in the following:

  • Biology
  • Biology with a Concentration in Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Marine Science

For more information, contact Dr. Dwight Steedley, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Chair, Math & Natural Sciences.

Quality Academics in Natural Sciences

Major in Biology

Students majoring in Biology obtain a broad understanding of basic biological principles within the framework of a flexible curriculum designed to provide students with a wide range of experiences. The UMobile campus is situated on over 800 acres of beautiful woodlands, affording opportunities for ecological research. The Harrigan Center and surrounding 120-acre environmental preserve provide a wonderful on-campus opportunity for students to take field biology courses such as botany, ecology, ornithology, and mammalogy. The University of Mobile is also a member of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium of Alabama which gives students the opportunity to take some specialized biology courses through the nearby Dauphin Island Seal Lab (DISL).

Major in Marine Science

The University of Mobile offers a major and minor in Marine Science. UMobile is a member of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium, a statewide group of 22 colleges and universities that use the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) as their marine science education facility (not a degree-granting institution).

The University of Mobile offers the proven benefits of small class sizes, personalized instruction, and direct contact with faculty focused on teaching. Yet, as a member of the consortium, UMobile offers the resources, education and research opportunities normally possible only in larger programs.

Career Opportunities

With a major in Biology, the University of Mobile offers a full range of courses necessary for entrance into schools of:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Physicians assistant
  • Other health-related professions

Career opportunities in Marine Science have diversified considerably in the past decade.
Graduates in Marine Science are prepared for further study in graduate school and are eligible for employment in:

  • Regulatory Agencies (state & federal level)
  • Marine Science Education Facilities
  • Non-governmental Organizations (such as Audubon, Sierra Club, etc.)
  • Marine-oriented Businesses (such as SeaWorld, Gulfarium, etc.)
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Marine-oriented Military Service (Coast Guard, etc.)
  • Research Institutions/Facilities