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Department of Biological Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences. This department offers five undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees. These include:

Undergraduate Degrees

Biology
Life Science Education
Fisheries & Wildlife
Health Information Management
Medical Technology

Graduate Degrees

Fisheries & Wildlife
Health Informatics

Mission Statement

The Department of Biological Sciences promotes academic excellence and varied instructional approaches to foster the development of life-long learning in Arkansas Tech University students. The Department strives to: meet the general education needs of all undergraduates; provide specialized academic instruction appropriate for Departmental majors; and address ancillary instructional requirements beyond the scope of general education for outside majors. Departmental faculty contribute scholarly works to the wide array of disciplines embraced by our varied programs and degree offerings. The Department also provides expertise to individuals, academic entities, and professional societies. 

Students in the Department of Biological Sciences, except for AHS program majors, are required to complete a common core consisting of:
  • An orientation course
  • Principles of Biology
  • Principles of Zoology
  • Principles of Botany
  • Genetics
  • An ecology course
  • A physiology course
  • A seminar course

Graduating seniors, except those in AHS programs, will be required to complete the Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT) in Biology as part of the assessment plan for the Department. Students will take the test during assessment week of the semester of planned graduation.