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“Choosing to be a Biology major at OBU means choosing to become part of a successful tradition of hard-working, intelligent students at a great university.”   Pete Brunson, ’14

On any given day in Jones Science Center, you’ll find our faculty and students preparing bacterial cultures, identifying trees, preparing presentations, working in study groups or involved in lab dissections. Our mission is to provide our students with a broad background in biology. Coupled with the opportunity for research and the background you’ll get from the Ouachita CORE curriculum, you will be equipped for entering almost any health related field, for teaching, or for occupations in government or industry. Please take a look around our site and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us!


Thirteen Ouachita Baptist University students and three faculty visited the big island of Hawaii and Oahu over Spring Break 2014, as part of a Tropical Ecology: Hawaii course offered by the Biology department.

At Volcanoes National Park on the big island of Hawaii

At Volcanoes National Park on the big island of Hawaii


Nine Ouachita Biology and Chemistry students presented their research findings to lawmakers and the general public at the Arkansas Posters on the Hill in March 2014.

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Ouachita students with Governor Beebe

In Fall 2013, twenty-one freshmen are involved in authentic, hands-on research on bacteriophages through the HHMI PHAGES program.

 Ouachita science students participated in summer research this past summer.  In summer 2013, fifteen students performed research on Ouachita’s campus, their work funded by Arkansas INBRE and Patterson and Greene summer research grants.

Patterson and Greene summer undergraduate research fellows, with Dr. Patterson


The Biology Department is proud to have graduated forty-two students in May 2013.