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Department Head: Dr. Meredith Akins
Advising Coordinator:
Phone: 479-788-7129


Undergraduate Catalog

Degree Plans:

Majors and Minors

The Bachelor of Science in Biology provides training for success in various fields of biology, including medicine,  industry, and field related work. In fact, the degree is designed to prepare graduates for challenging and rewarding careers in almost every avenue of the life sciences.

The Biology minor is intended for non-majors interested in a basic understanding of biology, providing a basis for advanced study.

What can you do with a degree in Biology?

  • Biologist
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Botanist
  • Medical technologist
  • Pathologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Science technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Geneticist
  • Public school systems
  • Private school systems
  • Junior and community colleges
  • Adult education centers
  • Biology graduates are qualified to enter advanced programs at the master’s or doctoral levels.

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Why should you choose to major or minor in Biology?

  • The biology programs prepare students for graduate schools, professional schools, and successful careers in biology and science education..
  • Students can choose a broad training in biology or a more specific program such as cellular and molecular biology or field biology.
  • Students receive advising from highly trained faculty with diverse expertise in the field of biology.
  • Students have opportunities to participate in faculty led research projects that lead to scientific publications.
  • Teaching is the top priority in the Department of Biological Sciences. The lecture and laboratory environments are designed for student learning and success.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Students in the past few years have conducted research and presented that research at state, regional, and national venues in areas such as:

  • Food Safety and Microbiology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Animal Population Surveys
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Effects of Habitat Disturbance

Academic Clubs, Organizations, and Honor Societies

  • Biology Club
  • Pre-Medical Association
  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society

Graduates are employed with:

  • Walgreens

  • Fort Smith Eye Clinic

  • Mercy Hospital

  • Alchemy Laboratories

Graduate/professional schools our graduates are attending:

  • UAMS-Medical School, MA Public Health Admin

  • Oklahoma State University -Medical School

  • University of Oklahoma - Medical School


This program has received national accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.