Message From the Chair

Hello Prospective Students:

Welcome to the webpage of the Department of Biology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

We are a metropolitan, public, and state-supported university located in the capital city Little Rock, Arkansas. The Department of Biology is in the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The mission of the department is to provide academic, educational, and research programs that foster creativity, integrity, teamwork, leadership, and ultimately personal and professional success for undergraduate and graduate students.

The Biology faculty possess expertise across the full spectrum of biological sciences in molecular and cellular biology, biotechnology, environmental biology, ecology and evolutional biology, organismal biology, nanoscience, genetics, developmental biology, clinical biology, physiology, and plant science. Through our BS programs, we offer degrees in five different concentrations: General Biology, Clinical Biology, Environmental and Organismal Biology, Molecular Biotechnology, and Secondary Education. Via course selections and labs, you will be prepared to pursue careers in a variety of areas such as education, laboratory and wildlife research, health care, government service, industry, and/or business. The department also hosts pre-professional students who are interested in pursuing health-related careers (e.g., medicine, veterinary medicine, dental science, physician assistant). Through partnerships with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (less than 3 miles away from our campus), you will also have opportunities to enroll in clinical courses and labs offered by our adjunct faculty from the medical center. By taking these classes, you will gain first-hand experience in medicine.

In addition, we offer M.A. and M.S. in Biology, and Ph.D. in Applied Biosciences through the university’s Applied Science programs. The graduate programs provide students with core skills, general knowledge in modern biology, and specific techniques relevant to a variety of fields within biology. You will have opportunities to work independently on a thesis or suite of course work suitable to each student’s aspirations.

I encourage you consider our programs, and am looking forward to meeting with you soon.

Lei Li, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair