biology at ualr


Biology is a diverse discipline, the study of which allows entry into fields such as biotechnology, cell biology, conservation, ecology, physiology, environmental sciences, and the many aspects of the health-related sciences. The biology department includes faculty, course work, and programs in the traditional areas of biology, ecology and organismal, molecular biotechnology, secondary education, and environmental health sciences.

The biology department offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology with concentrations in:
    • General Biology
    • Molecular Biotechnology
    • Ecology and Organismal Biology
    • Secondary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Sciences
  • Minor in Biology
  • Minor in Environmental Health Sciences
  • Master of Science in Biology
  • Master of Art in Biology

Students in all degree programs benefit from extensive laboratory experience that provides hands-on use of modern laboratory and field equipment. Through an affiliation with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at Ocean Springs, Mississippi, the department offers a variety of courses in marine biology. Furthermore, abundant opportunities allow specialized learning through undergraduate research, internships, cooperative education, and practicums. Student organizations for both degree programs provide opportunities for recreational, service, and career-oriented activities in which students and faculty interact informally.

General Information

Within the biology curriculum, the department offers courses that serve several objectives: to provide students with an understanding of basic biological principles and their importance in society; to provide a pre-professional background for students preparing to enter medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and other professional fields; to provide a strong academic background for students entering careers immediately after the completion of their undergraduate degree; and to provide the breadth and depth of background needed to succeed in a graduate program.

Our Department at Work

Our location in Little Rock provides students with immediate access to commercial and government entities. The world-class medical facilities of the UAMS campus, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, as well as the Health Department and Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality are all within minutes of the UALR campus.

Physiographic regions of ArkansasOutdoor recreational options are virtually unlimited in the rich natural environments for which Arkansas is famous. And our central location in the state ensures that it is only a short drive to each of the five distinct physiographic areas of the state: the Ozark Plateaus, Arkansas River Valley, Ouachita Mountains, Mississippi River Alluvial plain, and West Gulf Coastal Plain.

Biology majors and graduate students capitalize on these resources for career opportunities after graduation and to support research during their academic programs.