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Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 Archived Catalog

4-Year Plan

Biology, B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology is an excellent option for students interested in pre-medical, pre-dental, and other pre-health programs of study, while also being great preparation for graduate work in a science-related field. It can also lead to good jobs immediately after completion of the degree without attending a graduate or professional program.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and apply key principles, terms, and theories. Students will be able to describe and apply key principles, terms, and theories in the major subfields of biology.
  2. Use scientific instruments and perform basic laboratory techniques. Students will be able to use scientific instruments and perform basic techniques in a laboratory or field setting.
  3. Collect and analyze observational and numerical data. Students will be able to collect and analyze observational and numerical data to answer biological questions.
  4. Critically read and evaluate biological literature. Students will be able to read, interpret, and critically evaluate the primary biological literature and primary or secondary literature in bioethics and/or the philosophy of science.
  5. Communicate biological information in oral and written form. Students will be able to communicate biological information in both oral and written form for the benefit of other students, scientists, and the general public.
  6. Integrate Christian faith with biology and examine its implications. Students will be able to integrate the Christian faith with the field of biology and examine the implications this has for addressing questions in science, theology, philosophy, bioethics, or public policy.

Students interested in teaching biology should consider pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) through the Accelerated Master’s Program. Successful completion of the M.A.T. prepares students for teaching licensure in the state of Arkansas. A minor in Education can help prepare students for alternative secondary teaching certification.

Refer to this link for Preparation for Medical School and other Professional Study  information.    

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with major in Biology

University Core Curriculum - 39 hours

Program requirements satisfy 9 of the 48 hours in the Core Curriculum.

  • The Mathematics elective area is satisfied by one of the following: MTH 1123 MTH 2103 .
  • The six hours of the Natural Science elective area, including the lab requirement, are satisfied by BIO 1124  and CHM 1124 .


One of the following

Biology Major Electives - 20 hours

20 hours of upper-division BIO or BIOAS courses, which may include CHM 3163  with CHM 3121  and as many as four hours of research (BIO 4221 /BIO 4222 /BIO 4223 ).

Biology Career-Related Experience - 0-3 hours

An experience intended to help prepare students for a job or post-baccalaureate education in a biology-related field.

For Biology majors, (other than those students who are participating in the PHPP), the Biology Career-Related Experience courses are RECOMMENDED but not required.

Off-Campus Shadowing Experience

For students in the Pre-Health Professions Program (does not fulfill upper-division Biology elective credit)

Summer Research Experience

REU taken at another institution

On-Campus Research Experience

Also fulfills upper-division Biology elective credit

Off-Campus Internship Experience

Additional courses

Selected in consultation with academic advisor, for completion of an optional minor or fulfillment of prerequisites for graduate school, medical school, dental school or other professional schools. May also include additional upper-division Biology courses, including additional hours of research (BIO 4221 /BIO 4222 /BIO 4223 ), or courses applied toward completion of a second major.

Complete a standardized achievement test designated by the department

Minor field or electives as necessary to complete minimum total hours

Minimum total semester hours - 120

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