School of Arts and Sciences

Biology: Concentration in Botany, Environmental Science

Palm Beach Atlantic University offers high-quality training in the study of Biology, Botany and Environmental Science. Learn about the ecology of photosynthetic organisms, and interrelationships between organisms and their environments.

Why PBA?

As a biology major at PBA, you'll:

  • At PBA, you're only short steps away from the natural laboratory of Lake Worth Lagoon (top left), which seperates the island of Palm Beach from the mainland, and only minutes from Florida's Everglades -- perhaps the greatest natural biological laboratory in the world (top right).
  • Enjoy a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of just 18
  • Learn from dedicated Christians who are also experts in their field
  • Develop multifaceted skills and techniques through independent research and course assignments
  • Benefit from one-on-one faculty advising 

Click on the magazine cover to read about the outstanding research being done at PBA.

Your Courses & Classes

Your Faculty

At PBA, Florida’s top Christian college, you’ll learn from exceptional professors. They believe in an open-door policy so that they are available to you when you need them.

Your Opportunities

You’ll benefit from learning in South Florida, which has an increasing concentration of companies involved in medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, biochemistry and ecology areas, including:

  • Scripps Research Institute
  • Max Planck Research Institute
  • Torrey Pines Research Institute
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service South Florida Ecological Services Office

Our students are prepared to go on to graduate or professional programs. They can also begin careers in areas such as:

  • Agribusiness
  • Botany
  • Nature conservancy

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PBA profs mentor, students flourish in Florida's biologically rich environment

Palm Beach Atlantic University Associate Professor Thomas Chesnes has an infectious enthusiasm for field biology that has life-changing effects on his students.

Associate Professor Thomas Chesnes has an infectious enthusiasm for field biology that has life-changing effects on his students. As he works closely with them during their senior research projects, many students discover their true calling.

“Because of PBA’s low student-teacher ratio, I have the ability to individually mentor my students,” Dr. Chesnes said.

 Dr. Chesnes is fortunate to have one of the world’s most diverse and convenient natural aquatic ecosystems surrounding PBA’s campus, where he and his students can do ecological assessments, learn about a wide range of species, measure diversity and critical habitats, and evaluate species.