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Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences offers baccalaureate degrees in a wide variety of majors and options. We also offer one minor. These different aspects of biological science and associated faculty are organized in the following program areas:

Biology Programs:
   Biology major Biomedical Option
   Biology major General Option
   Biology Minor

Environmental Science 

Medical Laboratory Science

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Fisheries and Wildlife Science Program:
   Fisheries and Wildlife Science

Each of the bachelor of science degree programs offered by the department requires a total of 120 hours for graduation. No more than 12 hours of “D’s” may be applied toward the baccalaureate degrees listed above. Students in the Department of Biological Sciences except Medical Laboratory Science and Nuclear Medicine Technology majors  are required to take a common core consisting of: an orientation course; BIOL 1114 Principles of Biology; BIOL 2124 Principles of Zoology; BIOL 2134 Principles of Botany; an ecology course; and a seminar course. Students are required to take MATH 1113 College Algebra, plus two additional math oriented courses (Math, Statistics) above that level. Courses in computer science, chemistry, and physics are also required. The following descriptions of individual degree programs include specific descriptions and requirements.

Graduating seniors are required to take the Major Field Assessment Test (MFAT) in Biology as part of the assessment plan for the department. Students will take the test during the last few weeks of the semester of planned graduation.

Contact Information

Dr. John Jackson, Head

McEver Hall, Room 34-D
(479) 964-3226


Jacqueline Bowman, John Jackson, Cynthia JacobsChristopher Kellner, Eric LovelyThomas NuppBruce Tedford, Tsunemi Yamashita

Associate Professors

Douglas Barron

Assistant Professors

Surya Jyoti Banerjee, Cheryl Chaney, Suparna Chatterjee, Susan Colvin, Kyler Hecke, Suresh Chandra Subedi

Senior Instructors

Jamie Dalton


Donna Curran, Darrellyn Williams

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