Biology

Degree Plans and More

At A Glance

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree program is designed to prepare graduates for challenging and rewarding careers in the life sciences. The degree is a broad-based interdisciplinary program delivered by highly qualified and dedicated faculty in a modern facility with access to current instrumentation. Graduates are qualified to enter advanced programs at the master’s or doctoral levels, or have career opportunities in laboratory, environmental, medical, dental, pharmaceutical, or veterinary fields. A minor in Biology is also available.
 
The College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics offers a comprehensive liberal arts education. Degree programs are designed to help students integrate what they learn and to encourage them to apply their knowledge in real-life situations. Through detailed familiarity with a primary discipline– as well as additional concentrations in other discipline areas – students acquire a broad understanding of the world. When they complete their studies, graduates will possess a common body of knowledge shared by all educated people.
 

Skills and Characteristics

  • Imagination and curiosity 
  • Good judgment 
  • Precision, orderliness, and an ability to work well with details 
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team 
  • Ability to use laboratory equipment 
  • Interest in nature and an appreciation for all forms of life
  • Concern for the environment
  • Patience and self-discipline for long and detailed research projects
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
 

Program Learning Objectives

Students who complete the Biology program will be able to:

  • Understand and apply scientific knowledge/concepts which will be evaluated by the following artifacts:
  • Design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data;
  • Communicate effectively to a scientific as well as non-scientific audience.
 

Specialties

  • Bioinformatics
  • Ichthyology
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology
  • Pre-Medical
  • Science Education
 

Highlights

  • Excellent record of placement in professional schools, exceeding national averages
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta, National Health Preprofessional Honor Society
  • Beta Beta Beta, National Biological Honor Society
  • Summer program at Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • Travel courses to Belize and Trinidad-Tobago
  • Tri-Beta honor society
 

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in biology sometimes require education beyond a bachelor’s degree. For additional information concerning specific areas of concentration, please visit with an advisor.
  • Bioinformatician
  • Biomedical researcher
  • Botanist 
  • Dentist
  • Environmental microbiologist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Pathologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Science technician
  • Surgeon
  • Veterinarian
  • Geneticist
 

Horizons

  • Aquatic biology
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Plant and animal sciences
 

Salary and Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, as of May 2013 the approximate average salary nationally was $62,610 and the approximate average salary for the state of Arkansas was $57,430.
 
Salaries and outlook for biology majors vary, depending upon the career field and level of education.
 

 

For more information, contact:

Dr. David McClellan Melissa Reynolds JoAnn Chandler
Biological Science Biological Science College of STEM
Professor & Department Head Administrative Specialist Advising Coordinator
479-788-7735 479-788-7735 479-788-7129
david.mcclellan@uafs.edu  Melissa.Reynolds@uafs.edu  joann.chandler@uafs.edu

 

You may also contact the UAFS Advising and Career Services at:

479-788-7400
Monday - Thursday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm