Environmental Biology

Environmental Biology

Program Description
Environmental Science majors with a concentration in Environmental Biology often find careers working for:

  • A sanitation or manufacturing company
  • A university or a not-for-profit organization
  • A local government, engaged in environmental policy, planning, and management
  • The Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service, United States Geological Survey or other agencies

These professionals use their knowledge of earth’s systems to protect the environment and human health. They do this by cleaning up contaminated areas, making policy recommendations, or working with industry to reduce pollution and waste.

The Environmental Biology concentration in the Environmental Science bachelor’s degree program helps students prepare for a graduate degree program from another university or for potential job titles such as:

  • Water Quality Technician
  • Air Quality Technician
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Park Ranger
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Educator
  • Outdoor Educator
  • Environmental Scientist

We also offer the Environmental Biology and GIS double major program for students to earn two degrees in Environmental Biology and GIS by taking 1-2 additional semesters.

In addition to Environmental Biology, other concentrations in this major include:

Points of Pride

  • Students participate in research with a faculty member and many publish papers and travel to conferences.
  • Faculty have grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Department of Education.
  • AUM has a relationship with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab that allows students to take marine biology courses at the Sea Lab on the Gulf of Mexico.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.
Employment of life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 97,400 new jobs. Increasing demand for expertise in the sciences, particularly in occupations involved in environmental protection, is projected to result in employment growth. The median annual wage for life, physical, and social science occupations was $66,070 in May 2018, which was higher than the median wage for all occupations of $38,640.

 U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample 
JobsMedian Annual PayJob Growth through 2028
Environmental Scientists and Specialists$71,1308%
Environmental Engineers$87,6205%

For More Information

Biology Department
Auburn University at Montgomery
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Program Overview

For a full review of this concentration in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

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