Biological Science Department

ATU's biology program prepares students for careers in healthcare, research and environmental sustainability. Our program produces well - qualified graduates through rigorus education and hands-on experiences.

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. 

Degrees and Programs


Undergraduate Degrees



This program is designed with the flexibility to prepare students for a career within the biology field upon graduation or for graduate school should they choose to pursue that path.



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. 


   Graduate Degrees


This program was established in the Fall of 2000 to build on Arkansas Tech University's longstanding tradition of educating fisheries and wildlife professionals.


Students in the Department of Biological Sciences, except for Allied Health Science (AHS) program majors, are required to complete a common core consisting of:

  • An orientation course
  • Principles of Biology
  • Principles of Zoology
  • Principles of Botany
  • An ecology course
  • A seminar course
  • Two or more Chemistry Courses

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.

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.