Department of Biology

Fribrough Hall, Room 406, (501) 569-3270 | (501) 569-3271 (fax)  | ualr.edu/biology

Chairperson:
Tonkyn, David W., Professor


Professors:
Ali, Nawab
Baltosser, William H.
Bush, John M.
He, Qingfang
Khodakovskaya, Mariya
Sikes, Robert S.


Associate Professors:
Grace, Stephen C.
Stapleton, Carl R.
Tang, Fusheng
Wang, Hong


Assistant Professor:
Woolbright, Scott


Instructors:
Chaney, Kelly
Hearnsberger, Scott M.
Landers, Joshua


Adjunct Professors:
Allen, William
Clark, David
Leacock, Stefanie
Quave, Cassandra
Sayyed, Kaleemullah


Professor Emeriti:
Lanza, Janet
Baeyens, Dennis
Heidt, Gary
Ferguson, Dale
Fribourgh, Jim
Kleve, Maurice G.

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, coursework, 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 UA Little Rock, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or greater on all course work at UA Little Rock, and have taken BIOL 1400 or BIOL 1401 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or greater.Students who entered UA Little Rock 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 UA Little Rock 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 UA Little Rock 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 UA Little Rock 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 UA Little Rock 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 bachelor’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 UA Little Rock 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 UA Little Rock 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 student’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)


Teacher Licensure (Minor in Education)

The Teacher Licensure program in the Department of Biology is designed to prepare students majoring in biology for teacher licensure in education. Students entering this program will earn a B.S. in Biology. A Minor in Education is also required. Those students who may be interested in teaching biology, please contact the Biology Department at 501-569-3270.


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 (35 hours)

(See “General Education Requirements.”) (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 hours—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), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Biology Ecology & Organismal 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 (35 hours)

(See “General Education Requirements.”) 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 upper‐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 (35 hours)

(See “General Education Requirements.”) (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 UA Little Rock and UAMS)
UA Little Rock 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), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Biology Education Track

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 freshman entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. TCED 1100 First Year Experience is recommended.

Core (35 hours)

See “General Education Requirements.” (In completing courses required in the biology major, 8-hour lab science core requirement also met.) The following core courses must have passed with a C or higher: SPCH 1300, RHET 1311, RHET 1312, and MATH 1451.

Major (65 hours)
Biology Foundation Courses (27 hours)

1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
OR 1401 Science of Biology
2401 Microbiology
2402 Botany
2403 Zoology
3300 Genetics
3303 Principles of Ecology
4190 Biology Seminar
4190 Seminar
4301 Integrated Science Pedagogy
4101 Integrated Science Pedagogy Practicum

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 may select an emphasis in botany, cell biology and physiology, ecology or zoology.

Supporting Courses (21 hours)

Students must complete at least eight hours of freshman chemistry, four hours of organic chemistry, six hours of physics (PHYS1321 and 1322 or equivalent) and three hours of computer science or statistics.

Minor – Education Course (18 hours)

TCED 4383 Instructional Skills
TCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Learners
TCED 4330 Classroom Management Education

Elective (choose one):

SPED 4301 Educating Exceptional Learners
ELEM 2302 Growth and Child Development
TCED 4310 Content Area Literacy

BIOL 4600 Internship

Praxis CORE must be passed before enrolling in TCED 4330. Praxis II Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 must be passed. GPA of 2. 75 is required for admission to the education program.

NOTE: Education Minor Candidates must also complete a content methods course (or course pair) in their content area with a field placement in a K-12 classroom.

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.


Courses in Biology

To see the full listing of all undergraduate courses for Biology, select the relevant four-letter code to review the undergraduate courses within that discipline: BIOL – Biology BIOL – Gulf Coast Research Laboratory ENHS – Environmental Health Sciences