College of Arts, Letters, & Sciences

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Dean:
Shearle Furnish, Professor

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies:
Johanna Miller-Lewis, Professor

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies:
Anindya Ghosh, Associate Professor

Education Counselor Science Pre-Admits:
Alisha Harris

Finance Director:
Laura McClellan

Learning Technology Services Specialist:
Michael Hale

Communications Director:
Kim Harper

Assistant to the Dean:
Mary Baxley

Student Services Director:
Alisha Harris

The new College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences on the Little Rock campus is the culmination of an extensive restructuring process that is realigning academic resources to best serve the state and region and meet UALR’s goal of becoming one of the top metropolitan, community-engaged, research universities among the 16 member states of the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB).

By melding the classic arts and letters disciplines with science programs, the college is the academic centerpiece of the campus. There are 139 faculty and 40 staff members in the 11 academic divisions of the new college, which include: Art; Biology; Chemistry; English; History; International Studies and Second Languages; Mathematics and Statistics; Music; Theatre and Dance; Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies; and Physics.

Interdisciplinary Programs: Majors, Minors, and Special Centers

The following interdisciplinary majors, minors, and special centers are housed within the college. For program details and contact information for advising, see the coordinator and home department indicated for each.

  • Center for Arkansas History and Culture: Kimberly Kaczenski
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (major): Keith Robinson, Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies

Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate programs are offered in the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences. In addition, many departments in the college offer graduate courses that can apply toward a graduate degree in education. For more information about graduate degree offerings at UALR contact the Graduate School at (501) 569-3206 or visit the UALR Graduate School website.


Undergraduate Admission Requirements for Majors within the College

For admission to most majors within the college, students must meet or exceed eligibility requirements to enroll in RHET 1311 Composition I.


Advising

The College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences offers a comprehensive program of student advisement intended to help students transfer, register, and meet graduation requirements. Although most students will be advised in their major department, all students with special questions regarding their academic programs and progress toward their degrees should contact the college for more information.

The office of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences is in the Fine Arts Building, room 210. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and for extended hours by appointment. Call (501) 569-3350 or (800) 340-6509.


UALRTeach for mathematics and science majors

UALRTeach introduces science and mathematics majors to the teaching profession through early field experiences with mentor and master teachers. One degree: unlimited opportunities – learn how UALRTeach can expand your career options! Explore teaching through two one-hour, hands-on, tuition-reimbursed courses (SCED/IGSC 1101 Step 1 and SCED/IGSC 1102 Step 2). Additional courses required in the UALRTeach program emphasize the relationships between mathematics and science, while integrating teaching content and skills throughout the field-intensive curriculum.

SCED/IGSC 1101 Step 1: Inquiry Teaching FYC IGSC 4386 STEM Methodologies
SCED/IGSC 1102 Step 2: Inquiry Lesson Design SCED 4387 Project Based Instruction
SCED 3383 Knowing and Learning IGSC 4388 Functions and Modeling
SCED 3384 Classroom Interactions SCED 4689 Apprentice Teaching
SCED 4385 Perspectives of Science & Math

This innovative teacher preparation program offers students seeking math or science degrees the opportunity to also earn a teaching license. Students receive early field experience and learn from mentor teachers while still pursuing their core degree. UALRTeach allows students to explore teaching as a career at no cost. Both of the one-credit courses below are available to UALR students who are thinking of majoring in science or math. Visit ualr.edu/ualrteach/ for additional information.

SCED/IGSC 1101 Step 1: Inquiry Teaching FYC

An introduction to the theory and practice necessary to design and deliver quality inquiry-based science and mathematics instruction that provides the scaffold for the early field experience. In this one hour credit course, the UALRTeach instructor or master teacher and the elementary school mentor teacher emphasize both inquiry and classroom management techniques. Step 1 invites students to explore teaching as a career. With the guidance of the instructor, in Step 1, students teach science or math lessons in upper elementary classrooms to obtain firsthand experience with planning and implementing inquiry-based curriculum. Master teachers teach Step 1, so students have direct access to accomplished teachers holding certificates who love teaching and who believe that teaching is a rewarding career choice. Local public school elementary classrooms provide the future teachers with a first taste of teaching in a supportive, diverse environment. Students shall be required to submit to a criminal background check.

SCED/IGSC 1102 Step 2: Inquiry Lesson Design

Prerequisite: SCED/IGSC 1101. This course (Step 2) continues the exploration of teaching careers in a middle school environment that began in SCED/IGSC 1101 (Step 1). In this one hour credit course, students observe a lesson taught by a middle school mentor teacher, and then plan and teach three inquiry-based middle school lessons with a partner. Students build on and practice lesson design skills developed in the Step 1 course while also becoming familiar with science or mathematics curricula for the middle school setting. Students demonstrate their own content knowledge in developing the lesson plans. As a result of their classroom experiences, students reflect on the observation and their teaching. At the end of the Step 2 experience, students are generally ready to make a decision about whether they want to pursue a pathway to teacher certification.

Course in Integrated Science

IGSC 4401 Integrated Science Methods

Prerequisite: 16 credit hours of science courses. Lecture, laboratory, and field methods stress the learning of science as active, integrated, constructive processes involving experimentation, investigation, communication, reasoning, and problem solving as applied to life, earth, and physical systems. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory sessions are held each week.


Pre-professional Studies

The sciences departments in CALS offers pre-professional curricula for students interested in professional areas requiring a background in science and/or technology as well as in the liberal arts. The pre-medical and pre-health advisors and the college’s Premedical Advisory Committee advise students preparing to apply for entrance into such programs.

Applications must be submitted approximately one year before the student enters a professional school. Thus, students should obtain information and advice about their intended programs of study as early as possible.

Prospective students should be aware of the Arkansas Health Education Grant Program (ARHEG). The ARHEG provides assistance to students seeking professional training in dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine and chiropractic medicine to allow them to attend out-of-state institutions. Students are encouraged to visit with ARHEG to determine if they meet the eligibility requirements and inquire about the availability of funding for that particular year.


Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental

Students are required to meet with the Pre-Med Advisor (Dr. Johanna Miller-Lewis, FA 210D, 501.569.3296) early in their academic career. Students are also required to meet with Dr. Miller-Lewis within the first two weeks of school the fall semester in which they are applying to medical or dental school. The following science courses meet the entrance requirements of most medical or dental schools. Students should contact the medical or dental school of their choice for specific entrance requirements.

    BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
    BIOL 2403 Zoology
    BIOL 3300 Genetics
    CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
    CHEM 3350 General Organic Chemistry I
    CHEM 3150 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    CHEM 3351 General Organic Chemistry II
    CHEM 3151 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
    PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
    PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics I Laboratory
    PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II
    PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II Laboratory

These are the minimum science courses required and will prepare the student for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Some medical or dental schools may require or recommend additional courses. The College of Medicine of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences requires the following courses for admission: genetics, two semesters each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, mathematics (or through Calculus I), and physics; and English. UAMS DOES NOT ALLOW FOR THESE COURSES TO BE TAKEN ONLINE. Students considering entrance at other medical schools should verify that specific program’s entrance requirements.


Audiology and Speech Pathology

Please see the undergraduate and graduate curriculum for audiology and speech pathology in the College of Education and Health Professions.


Chiropractic

A candidate must have completed at least 90 credit hours leading to a baccalaureate degree, including laboratory courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. A grade point of 2.25 or greater is required, and no more than 20 hours may be acquired through CLEP or challenge examinations.

Only non-science courses may be completed through credit by examination. The Council on Chiropractic Education, through its accrediting agency, requires the pre-professional curriculum to include six hours of English, eight hours of biology with a laboratory, eight hours of inorganic chemistry with a laboratory, eight hours of organic chemistry with a laboratory, eight hours of physics with a laboratory, three hours of general psychology, three hours of sociology, 24 total physical sciences hours, and 24 total hours in the humanities or social sciences.

Additional course requirements vary with each chiropractic program. The student should obtain specific information from the school of his or her choice.


Cytotechnology

This program is offered through the College of Health Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. To be admitted, students must have completed a minimum of 84 semester credits, at least five of which must be upper-level (junior/senior) from an accredited college or university. The required courses include:

    English Composition (6 hours)
    College Algebra (3 hours)
    Biology or Zoology (20 hours)
    Fundamental Chemistry (8 hours)
    Fine Arts (3 hours)
    History of Civilization or World History (6 hours)
    Humanities (3 hours)
    U.S. History or American Government (3 hours)
    Social Sciences (6 hours)
    Speech Communication (3 hours)
    Electives (24 hours)

Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene offers both an Associate and a Bachelor’s degree. Students should visit the CHP website, for specific requirements of each degree program. Students must have completed at least 39 credit hours from an accredited college or university to be admitted to the dental hygiene program in the College of Health Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The required courses include:

    Microbiology (4 hours)
    College Algebra or higher mathematics (3 hours)
    Computer Fundamentals/Applications (3 hours)
    Fine Arts (3 hours)
    General Psychology (3 hours)
    History of Civilization (6 hours)
    Humanities (3 hours)
    Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)
    Speech Communication (3 hours)
    English Composition (6 hours)
    U.S. History or American Government (3 hours)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

This program is offered through the College of Health Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. To be admitted, students must have completed a minimum of 52 credit hours from an accredited college or university.

The required courses include:

    English Composition (6 hours)
    Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 hours)
    Introductory Physics (4 hours)
    Speech Communication (3 hours)
    College Algebra (3 hours)
    U.S. History or National Government (3 hours)
    History of Civilization (6 hours)
    Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)
    General Psychology (3 hours)
    Fine Arts (3 hours)
    Humanities (3 hours)
    Computer fundamentals/applications (3 hours)
    Electives (6 hours)

Emergency Medical Sciences

Emergency Medical Sciences offers an Associates degree and a Certificate in Emergency Medical Sciences. It also offers an intensive Six-Month Paramedic Program. Please contact the CHP Department for specific details about the Paramedic Program.


Health Information Management

This program is offered through CHP at UAMS. To be admitted, students must have graduated from high school. Graduating high school students may apply to the program. There are no prerequisites. Successful applicants should be computer literate and know how to use word processing and spreadsheets. While there are no prerequisite courses, students must complete 35 credit hours of general education courses plus 3 credit hours of computer fundamentals; the latter must be taken within seven years of admission into the program.


Medical Technology

The Medical Technology program is offered through CHP at UAMS and accepts students with a minimum of 67 credit hours. The pre-medical technology course work must include:

    College Algebra or higher math (3 hours)
    General Chemistry (8 hours)
    General Biology (BIOL 1401, 2403) (8 hours)
    Microbiology (4 hours)
    Anatomy and Physiology (4 hours)
    English Composition (6 hours)
    Speech Communication (3 hours)
    Fine Arts (3 hours)
    History of Civilization (6 hours)
    U.S. History or American Government (3 hours)
    Social Science (6 hours)
    Humanities (3 hours)
    Electives (12 hours)

Department of Imaging and Radiation Sciences Nuclear Medicine Imaging Sciences Program

This program is offered through CHP at UAMS. To be admitted, students must have completed a minimum of 84 credit hours from an accredited college or university, 6 credit hours of which must be junior/senior level. The required pre-professional courses include:

    Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 hours)
    Elementary Physics I and II (8 hours)
    General Chemistry (8 hours)
    Biological Sciences or Microbiology (4 hours)
    Statistics (3 hours)
    College Algebra (3 hours)
    Speech Communication (3 hours)
    English Composition (6 hours)
    History of Civilization (6 hours)
    Humanities (3 hours)
    U.S. History or American Government (3 hours)
    Fine Arts (3 hours)
    Social Sciences (6 hours)
    Computer fundamentals / Applications (3 hours)
    Electives (19 hours)

Department of Imaging and Radiation Sciences Radiation Therapy program, Radiologic Imaging Sciences Programs, Radiologist Assistant Program

The above three programs are housed within the same department. Students should visit the CHP website to select the program that best fits their needs.


Opthalmic Technologies

This program is offered through CHP at UAMS. To be admitted, a candidate must have completed at least 55 credit hours from an accredited college or university. Biology / Health Science courses must be suitable for majors in those disciplines and must include laboratory credit in required courses. The course requirements include:

    English Composition (6 hours)
    History of Civilization (6 hours)
    U.S. History or American Government (3 hours)
    Social Science (6 hours)
    Speech Communication (3 hours)
    Fine Arts (3 hours)
    Humanities (3 hours)
    Biological Science Electives (6 hours)
    Anatomy and Physiology (8 hours)
    Microbiology (4 hours)
    Elementary Physics (4 hours)
    College Algebra or higher math (3 hours)
    Chemistry (3 hours)

Medical Dosimetry

This program is offered through the College of Health Professions (CHP) at UAMS. Applicants who have or will have completed a bachelor’s degree in a biological sciences, physical science (physics, chemistry, or mathematics), biomedical engineering, or radiation sciences (as a registered radiation therapist) prior to fall registration will be considered for admission to seek a bachelor’s degree if they have successfully completed the course work listed below. The required pre-professional courses include:

    College Algebra (3 hours)
    Calculus I and II (6 hours)
    Additional math (3 hours)
    Chemistry with laboratory (4 hours)
    Biology with laboratory (4 hours)
    Anatomy and Physiology I & II (8 hours)
    Physics I and II (algebra or calculus based) (8 hours)
    Medical Terminology (3 hours)
    English Composition I and II (6 hours)
    American History or National Government (3 hours)
    World/Western Civilization I and II (6 hours)
    Humanities (3 hours)
    Sociology/Psychology (6 hours)
    Speech (2 hours)
    Computer Fundamentals/Applications (3 hours)
    Fine Arts (3 hours)
    Electives (22 hours/7 hours)

Optometry

Most schools and colleges of optometry require certain courses prior to admission. These courses include:

    General Biology and Zoology (8 hours)
    General Chemistry (8 hours)
    Organic Chemistry (8 hours)
    English (6 hours)
    Mathematics (including differential calculus) (6-9 hours)
    Microbiology (4 hours)
    Psychology (3 hours)
    Elementary Physics (8 hours)

Additional course requirements vary with each optometry program. The student should obtain the specific information from the school of his or her choice. Science courses taken at UALR should be those designated for pre-professional students and must include laboratory experience. Brief survey courses in the sciences will not prepare a student for an optometry school.


Physical Therapy

There are physical therapy programs available at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) and Arkansas State University (ASU); Both programs are graduate level and require a baccalaureate degree for admission plus specific course requirements. UCA’s program is a doctoral program and ASU’s is a master’s program. Students interested in either program should request admissions materials directly from the appropriate institution. Students should also seek advisement while attending UALR from an advisor in the Department of Biology or the dean’s office in the College of Art, Sciences, & Letters.


Pre-Pharmacy

This two-year, 69-hour pre-pharmacy curriculum meets the specific entrance requirements of the University of Arkansas College of Pharmacy located on the UAMS campus. Students planning to enter other schools of pharmacy are urged to obtain a copy of the entrance requirements from the school of their choice early in their freshman year and coordinate those requirements with courses taken at UALR. For advising purposes, the pre-pharmacy students should declare Chemistry BA or BS degree or Biology BS as major. The UALR pre-pharmacy curriculum assumes that the student is prepared to enroll in MATH 1302 and CHEM 1402. If the student is deficient in these areas, an additional semester or summer school may be necessary.

The UALR pre-pharmacy curriculum is organized by subject areas, semester hours, and courses. Some of the subject areas allow for choices among courses. In the freshman year the student should fulfill the mathematics requirement, at least six hours of the English/communications requirement, the general chemistry and biology requirements, the economics requirement, and one or two humanities electives. In the sophomore year, the student should satisfy the physics, organic chemistry, and critical thinking requirements, together with the remaining required communication course and humanities electives.

No course can be used to satisfy the requirements in more than one area. No more than eight semester hours of CLEP, AP credit, or credit by examination for core requirements that appear on the official transcript will be accepted to meet the pre-pharmacy requirements. For non-core requirements, no more than 12 semester hours of CLEP, AP credit, or credit by examination that appear on the official transcript will be accepted to meet the pre- pharmacy requirement will be accepted. Note that UAMS pharmacy does not accept on- line courses or laboratory courses. Courses should be taken in a face-to-face format. The humanities elective requirement cannot be met by developmental education courses or courses in the following areas: health, physical education, business, science, military science, education, computer courses, agriculture, studio courses in art, music, or theater. All chemistry and biology courses must be courses for majors in that field. Physics courses do not have to be calculus-based.

Pharmacy Suggested Curriculum (69 hours)
Mathematics (3-5 hours)
    MATH 1451 Calculus I
    or MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I
English/Communication (9 hours)
    RHET 1311 Composition I
    RHET 1312 Composition II
    ENGL 2335 Introduction to Literature
    or RHET 2312 Advanced Composition
    or other, higher course
    SPCH 1300 Speech Communication
Chemistry (16 hours)
    CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
    CHEM 3350 General Organic Chemistry I
    and CHEM 3150 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    CHEM 3351 General Organic Chemistry II
    and CHEM 3151 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Biology (12 hours)
    BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
    BIOL 2401 Microbiology
    or BIOL 4406 Pathogenic Microbiology
    BIOL 2403 Zoology
Physics (4 hours)
    PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
    and PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics I Laboratory Economics (3 hours)
    ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics
    or ECON 2323 Principles of Macroeconomics
    or ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
    or ACCT 1310 Introduction to Accounting and Taxation
    or ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I
Recommended Electives (9 hours)
    CHEM 2310 Analytical Chemistry I
    MATH 1452 Calculus II
    or MATH 1312 Applied Calculus II
    STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods
    PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II
    and PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II Laboratory
    PHIL 1330 Introduction to Critical Thinking
    or PHIL 2350 Introduction to Logic
    BIOL 3402 Mammalian Anatomy
    or BIOL 4402 Limnology
    or BIOL 3300 Genetics
    and BIOL 3100 Genetics Laboratory
    or BIOL 4417 Molecular Biology
    or BIOL 4401 Cell Biology
    or CHEM 4420 Biochemistry
    Humanities Electives (to total 69 hours)

Respiratory Care

This program is offered through CHP at UAMS. Both an associate of science and a bachelor of science degree are available. The bachelor of science degree may be completed in either Little Rock or Texarkana. To be admitted to the bachelor of science program, students must have completed a minimum of 66 credit hours from an accredited college or university. The required pre-professional courses include:

    English Composition (6 hours)
    College Algebra (3 hours)
    Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 hours)
    Chemistry (4 hours)
    Physics (4 hours)
    Microbiology (4 hours)
    Speech Communication (3 hours)
    U.S. History or American Government (3 hours)
    Computer Fundamentals/Applications (3 hours)
    General Psychology (3 hours)
    Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)
    History of Civilization (6 hours)
    Humanities (3 hours)
    Fine Arts (3 hours)
    Electives (6 hours)

Surgical Technology

This program is offered through CHP at UAMS Associate of Science Degree.

The following 34-35 semester credits are required from a regionally accredited college or university and must fulfill all College of Health Professions requirements regarding acceptance of transfer credit:

    Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 hours)
    Microbiology (4 hours)
    Computer Fundamentals (3 hours)
    College Algebra or higher math (3 hours)
    English Composition (6 hours)
    Speech Communication (3 hours)
    U.S. History or American Government (3 hours)
    Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)
    General Psychology (3 hours)
    Electives (5 hours)

For specific details on the time requirement to complete courses for the associate degree, contact the chairperson of the Department of Surgical Technology at UAMS.


Veterinary Medicine

Admission requirements to colleges of veterinary medicine are similar to those listed for medicine. However, admission requirements do vary. Students interested in veterinary programs should contact the college of their choice and identify specific requirements early in their undergraduate studies.


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