Department of Biology

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in Biology

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Chairperson:
Bush, John M., Associate Professor

Professors:
Baltosser, William H.
He, Qingfang
Kleve, Maurice G.
Lanza, Janet
Lynch, Thomas J.
Sikes, Robert S.

Associate Professors:
Ali, Nawab
Grace, Stephen C.
Khodakovskaya, Mariya
Stapleton, Carl R.
Tang, Fusheng
Tarasenko, Olga M.
Wang, Hong

Assistant Professors:
Gifford, Matthew E.
Zeng, Lirong

Instructors:
Barnes, Greg F.
Hearnsberger, Scott M.
Payne, Forrest E.
Pritts, Terrell E.

Adjunct Professors:
Fearer, Todd
Green, Reed
Tumilson, Renn

Professor Emeriti:
Baeyens, Dennis
Heidt, Gary
Ferguson, Dale
Fribourgh, Jim
Moore, Phyllis
Morgans, Lee
Peck, James
Whitsell, Joseph

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 area of biology, ecology and organismal, molecular biotechnology, secondary education, and environmental health sciences. the biology department offers two degree programs: B.S. in biology and B.S. in environmental health sciences.

Students in both 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.

A student pursuing the BS in biology may select from four concentrations: general biology, ecology and organismal biology, molecular biotechnology, and secondary education. A minor in biology is also offered.


Admission Requirements

Students who select biology as their major must have completed at least 15 credit hours at UALR, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or greater on all course work at UALR, and have taken BIOL 1400 or BIOL 1401 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or greater.

Students who entered UALR conditionally by contract must complete the contract before being eligible for admission to the biology program.

Decisions regarding course equivalency and situations in which students have tested out of courses or transferred credit from other programs will be made by the department chairperson. Transfer students with 30 hours or more in transfer credit may be accepted into the biology degree program with fewer than 15 hours at UALR with the approval of the department chairperson.


Honors Program in Biology

The department offers an honors program to provide qualified students the opportunity to pursue advanced study and receive appropriate recognition. Interested students should apply to the department chairperson for admission.

Participants in the honors program are selected by the department faculty on the basis of these criteria:

  1. junior standing,
  2. minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.25, and
  3. acceptance by a faculty member for participation in a research project.

To complete the honors program a student must:

  1. maintain the 3.25 GPA,
  2. enroll in undergraduate research courses for a minimum of two semesters,
  3. complete a minimum of three credit hours and a maximum of six hours of undergraduate research, and
  4. present the results of the undergraduate research project at an honors seminar as well as submit a written report approved by the faculty supervisor to the department faculty.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is affiliated with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Through this arrangement students receive UALR credit for courses taken at the research laboratory during the 12-week summer teaching session, which usually begins the first full week in June each year. The summer session consists of two terms, although the length of some classes varies. Students register and pay tuition on the UALR campus and have their credit transferred to this campus for inclusion in their academic records.

Students who want to take courses in this program must apply by May 1 for summer enrollment and have prior approval of their department chairperson or the on-campus coordinator. For more information or application forms, contact the chairperson, Department of Biology.


Major in Biology

Students who wish to major in biology may choose from four different concentrations:

  1. General Biology
  2. Ecology and Organismal Biology
  3. Molecular Biotechnology
  4. Secondary Education/Teacher Licensure
General Biology Concentration

This concentration is designed to give student a broad overview of biology. Students completing this program have a broad background but also have enough upper-level courses to build depth in knowledge and skills. The program provides sufficient flexibility that students can tailor their programs to specific needs.

Ecology and Organismal Biology Concentration

This concentration is designed to prepare students interested in ecology, conservation, and organismal biology for entry into graduate program, employment in governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, or positions where an integrating organismal and ecological background is required. Students completing this program have a broad background but also have enough upper-level courses to build depth in knowledge and skills. The program provides sufficient flexibility that students can tailor their programs to specific needs.

Molecular Biotechnology Concentration

This concentration is a joint effort between the biology department at the UALR and the medical technology department of the UAMS. The curriculum is designed for students who want to pursue a research career in molecular biotechnology at the bachelorā€™s level (this program is not intended as a premedical or pre-professional curriculum). This concentration will prepare students for technical occupations in basic and applied molecular biotechnology research and positions with federal and state governmental agencies and private or commercial enterprises that conduct either basic or applied research in biotechnology.

The concentration is divided into two levels: a four-semester Pre-Biotechnology Curriculum that leads to admission to the Molecular Biotechnology Research Program (MBRP) which is a joint curriculum between UALR and UAMS. Completion of the Pre-Biotechnology Curriculum and candidacy to the MBRP requires a minimum of 60 hours including BIOL 2401, 2402, 2403, and 3300; eight hours of general chemistry; four hours of organic chemistry; and a minimum GPA of 2.60. Students transferring to UALR who wish to apply to the MBRP may substitute transferring courses for these requirements with the approval of the Molecular Biotechnology Research Committee. Admission to the MBRP will be competitive, based on the studentā€™s cumulative GPA, an interview with the Molecular Biotechnology Research Committee, and two faculty recommendations. Each fall, a maximum of 20 students meeting these requirements will be admitted to the program.

This program of courses is a major-minor combination; no separate minor field is required. Requirements for this concentration are as follows in the column to the right. (degree plan below)

Secondary Teacher Licensure

This concentration is designed to prepare students for teacher licensure in secondary education. Biology is the major emphasis and earth sciences the secondary emphasis (as prescribed by Arkansas law). A minor in secondary education is required. For more information, please see ā€œSecondary Education Licensureā€ and contact the Department of Biology for academic advising.

Bachelor of Science in Biology General Biology Concentration

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details. (In completing courses required in the biology major, 8-hour lab science core requirement also met.)

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (61 hours)

Biology Foundation Courses-All Concentrations (23 hours)
    BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
    or BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
    BIOL 2401 Microbiology
    BIOL 2402 Botany
    BIOL 2403 Zoology
    BIOL 3300 Genetics
    BIOL 3303 Principles of Ecology
    BIOL 4190 Biology Seminar

Students must achieve a C or greater in each of these courses to complete the Foundation Course requirements.

General Biology Required Courses (38 hours)
Biology Electives: (17 hours)

Must include at least three courses with laboratories either as part of the course or as a separately numbered laboratory course. Students may choose these electives from the remaining biology course offerings on the basis of individual preference or need. Students choosing to specialize further may select an emphasis in botany, cell biology and physiology, ecology, or zoology.

Additional requirements: (21 hours)

Students must complete at least eight hours of freshman chemistry, four hours of organic chemistry, six hours of physics (PHYS 1321 and 1322 or equivalent) and three hours of computer science or statistics.

Minor (12-29 hoursā€”typical minor requires 18)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Biology Ecology and Organismal Biology Concentration

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details. (In completing courses required in the biology major, 8-hour lab science core requirement also met.)

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (79 hours)

Biology Foundation Courses-All Concentrations (23 hours)
    BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
    or BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
    BIOL 2401 Microbiology
    BIOL 2402 Botany
    BIOL 2403 Zoology
    BIOL 3300 Genetics
    BIOL 3303 Principles of Ecology
    BIOL 4190 Biology Seminar

Students must achieve a C or greater in each of these courses to complete the Foundation Course requirements.

Ecology and Organismal Biology Required Courses (17 hours)
    BIOL 3100 Genetics Lab
    BIOL 3103 Ecology Lab
    BIOL 3405 Invertebrate Zoology
    or BIOL 3409 Vertebrate Zoology
    BIOL 4310 Evolution
    BIOL 4409 Plant Taxonomy
    or BIOL 4412 Plant Ecology
    BIOL 4403 Comparative Physiology
    or BIOL 4419 Plant Physiology
Ecology and Organismal Electives (12 hours from the following)
    BIOL 3405, 3409, 3407, 3391, 3199-3499, 4312, 4314, 4315,4402, 4404, 4405, 4407, 4408, 4409, 4410, 4411, 4412, 4421,4424, 4305, 4419, 4401, 4415, 4417, 4391, 4199-4399, 4100-4300, 4189-4389
    ENHS 3310
    ERSC 4422
    Gulf Coast Research Laboratory courses
Physical Sciences and Mathematics (27 hours)
    CHEM 1400 & 1401 Fundamental Chemistry I & II
    or CHEM 1402 & 1403 General Chemistry I & II
    CHEM 2450 Organic Survey
    or CHEM 3150/3350 General Organic Chemistry I with lab
    STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods
    or MATH 1311/1111 Applied Calculus I with lab or higher

12 additional upperā€level credits in mathematics, statistics,
or science courses other than biology (i.e. Earth Science, Physics, or Chemistry)

Minor (none required)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Biology Molecular Biotechnology Concentration

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)
Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details. (In completing courses required in the biology major, 8-hour lab science core requirement also met.)

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (79 hours)

Biology Foundation Courses-All Concentrations (23 hours)
    BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
    or BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
    BIOL 2401 Microbiology
    BIOL 2402 Botany
    BIOL 2403 Zoology
    BIOL 3300 Genetics
    BIOL 3303 Principles of Ecology
    BIOL 4190 Biology Seminar

Students must achieve a C or greater in each of these courses to complete the Foundation Course requirements.

Molecular Biotechnology Concentration (Joint effort between UALR and UAMS)
UALR Biotechnology (8 hours)
    BIOL 4417 Molecular Biology
    BIOL 4418 Biotechnology
Biology Electives-upper-level courses with laboratories (12 hours)

A recommended course list is available from the Biology Department

UAMS Biotechnology (13 hours)
    3210 Laboratory Principles and Techniques
    3211 Introduction to Research
    4305 Cell Culture Principles and Techniques
    4106 Technology Transfer
    4507 Biotechnology Laboratory Internship
Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Computations (24 hours)
Chemistry (12 hours)
    CHEM 1400 Fundamental Chemistry I
    or CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1401 Fundamental Chemistry II
    or CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
    CHEM 2450 Organic Chemistry Short Course
Physics (6 hours)
    PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
    PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II
Mathematics (3 hours)
    MATH 1302 College Algebra
Computer Science (3 hours)
    CPSC 1370 Computer Literacy or equivalent course

Minor (none required)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Biology Secondary Education/Life Sciences

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

Seepage 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (66 hours)

Biology Foundation Courses (23 hours)

(In completing courses required in the biology major, 8-hour lab science core requirement also met.)

    BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
    or BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
    BIOL 2401 Microbiology
    BIOL 2402 Botany
    BIOL 2403 Zoology
    BIOL 3300 Genetics
    BIOL 3303 Principles of Ecology
    BIOL 4190 Biology Seminar

Students must achieve a C or greater in each of these courses to complete the Foundation Course requirements

Concentration Requirements (43 hours)
    BIOL 3100 Genetics Lab
    BIOL 3103 Ecology Lab
    ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology
    ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology
    ERSC Electives ā€“ 3 Hours
    ERSC 3380 Oceanography
    or ERSC 3390 Weather Studies
    PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
Biology Electives ā€“ 12 hours to include at least one course in organismal and cellular biology
Other Requirements ā€“ 12 hours

8 Hours freshman Chemistry and 4 Hours Organic Chemistry

Minor (18 hours)

Secondary Education Courses
    SCED 3210 Instructional Skills and Assessment
    SCED 3110 Instructional Skills Practicum
    SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
    SCED 4122 Adolescent Diversity Practicum
    SCED 4123 Adolescents with Special Needs
    SCED 4124 Classroom Management
    TCED 4600 Student Teaching
    SCED 4330 Reflective Teaching

**Students must pass the *Praxis I before enrolling in SCED, TCED, and ARED 4194 courses. GPA of 2.65 is required for admission to the education program. Students must pass the Praxis II prior to graduating.

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Minor in Biology

A minor in biology requires 20 hours of credit in biology courses to include BIOL 1400 or 1401, a minimum of eight hours from sophomore level courses and eight additional hours, at least three of which must be upper level.

NOTE: Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 1411 and 1412) as well Human Genetics (BIOL 3313) does not count towards biology major or minor.