Biological and Earth Sciences Department

Mission Statement:

The Department of Biological and Earth Sciences is committed to fostering an environment of academic excellence, innovation, and sustainability.  We prepare our students to be leaders and problem-solvers in a rapidly changing world through our curricular tracks, including Biomedical, Ecology and Evolution, Biostatistics, Environmental Science, Fisheries and Wildlife, and Geosciences, by focusing on technological and field skills.

Our vision is to inspire and empower our students to contribute to scientific discovery, promote environmental stewardship, and advance human health and well-being through interdisciplinary education, cutting-edge research, and community engagement. Together, we strive to build a sustainable future where science serves the greater good of society and the planet.




This program is designed to provide students with the flexibility to pursue a career in the biology field or continue their education in graduate school. Students can select from the following tracks based on their interests: biomedical, ecology and evolution, environmental science, and biostatistics.

Fisheries and Wildlife

This program educates a diversity of people so they are able to make wise decisions and take prudent actions regarding the management, productivity, and sustainability of our fish and wildlife resources. 


The science of geology involves studying Earth's physical and chemical processes, environmental systems and natural resources. Processes that cause earthquakes, generate volcanism, form rocks and minerals, form economically important deposits and govern the movement of surface and ground waters are all subjects of geological interest, as well as the history of Earth and the record of life on Earth, as preserved in fossils. Our program graduates commonly work for environmental consulting firms analyzing human impacts on the environment, state and federal regulatory agencies or petroleum and mineral extraction companies.



Adjunct faculty Opportunities

Arkansas Tech University invites submissions for consideration to be an adjunct instructor on a part-time, as-needed basis, within the academic departments and programs indicated below.  Those eligible to serve as an adjunct instructor must hold a Master's degree in the discipline, or any Master's degree plus 18 graduate hours in the discipline or substantial experience in area where they will teach (see HLC guidelines, section B.2.), unless otherwise noted, such as for AAS degrees.