“The best part of being a biology major is interactive learning. Hands-on and interactive teaching through labs put what you learn in the classroom into your own hands so that you get to experience the best of both worlds.” –Lauren Jackson, ’13
Watch this video of students inflating cat lungs in Anatomy & Physiology lab.
B.S. degree: BIOL 1014, 1024, 4001, two courses from 3054, 4054, 4064, and additional BIOL hours to total thirty in the department. Additionally, eight hours of chemistry are required. A minor of at least twenty hours must be completed in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. Experimental Research (4001) is waived upon completion of lab-based Senior Thesis for those participating in the Honors Program.
B.A. degree: BIOL 1014, 1024, and at least 16 additional hours in the department including a minimum of 12 junior senior hours. Additionally, eight hours of chemistry are required.
B.A. degree (field emphasis): BIOL 1014, 1024, 3034, 3663, 3yy2 and one of the Travel Study courses 3863, 3873 or 4783, and one additional 4-hour, junior/senior level BIOL course; At least 1 from the following: NSCI 3001, LST 2083, 3033, 4842, PHIL 3183. Additionally, eight hours of chemistry and MATH 2063 are required.
Requirements for a major in Biology (teaching emphasis): BIOL 1014, 1024, 2014, 2024, 3034 and two courses from 3014, 4054, 4064. NSCI 2003, 3013, 3961; CHEM 1004, 1014; PHYS 1004, 1014; MATH 1003 or 1034. In addition, students must complete a second major in education as outlined by the School of Education. Additional requirements in education may be viewed in the Department of Education web site.
MATH 2063 Elementary Statistics is strongly suggested for all those pursuing a Biology major or minor.
The course descriptions provided here are for informational purposes only. The university catalog supersedes any information contained here. If you have questions about prerequisites, co-requisites, or course substitutions, please contact Dr. Hensley.
1014 General Biology: Zoology
A study of the animal kingdom from the standpoint of systematics with emphasis upon the progressive advances of tissue organization, physiology and reproductive adaptation. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Fall, Spring.
1024 General Biology: Botany
A study of the plant kingdom from the standpoint of systematics with emphasis on the progressive advances of tissue organization, physiology and reproductive adaptation, including a consideration of ecological principles and economic importance of the major plant groups. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Fall, Spring.
2014 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
A study of the organization of the body, its tissues and the structure and functional relationships in the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: four hours of Biology. Fall.
2024 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
A continuation of BIOL 2104 concentrating on the cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: four hours of Biology. Spring.
2604 Applied Microbiology
An introduction to the study of bacteria and other microbial life forms from the standpoint of classification, morphology, physiology and environmental factors, and of the relation of bacteria to water, foods, industrial processes and diseases. Emphasis is given to clinical and applied techniques of microbiological processes for pre-nursing and allied health students.. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: four hours of Biology. Fall.
A study of bacteria and other life forms from the standpoint of classification, morphology, physiology and environmental factors, and of the relation of bacteria to water, foods, industrial processes and diseases. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisites: four hours of Biology; eight hours of chemistry; junior standing. Fall.
A study of the principles governing the relationships between plants, animals and their environment. Consideration is given to local aquatic and terrestrial communities. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 1014, 1024 and four hours of Chemistry. Fall.
3663 Introduction to Wildlife Conservation and Management
This course will introduce the principles governing the conservation and management of fish and wildlife. The course will include a brief introduction to the history of management followed by an emphasis on conservation and management from both a broad ecological perspective and an urban perspective. Three hours of lecture. Prerequisites: BIOL 1014, 1024 and 3034.
Internships must relate to the emphasis of the student’s coursework (lab or field) and must be approved in advance by the Department Chair and the Dean of Natural Sciences. The course will be graded on a Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory basis where Satisfactory is defined as a grade of C or higher. On demand.
An introduction to the biological substrate of behavior and experience, especially as expressed in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and behavioral neuroscience. Prerequisite: CORE 2323 or BIOL 1014. Spring of odd years.
3801-3894 Individual Study, Group Study, Research
This course is offered to provide competent students an opportunity to do independent study and research. Prior to registration, a student is required to obtain approval from a professor in the department who consents to serve as faculty supervisor. For Travel Study trips, multiple trips may be taken, but only one travel course will count toward the minimum hours for a biology major or minor. Prerequisite: Permission of supervising faculty member and department chairman. On Demand.
4001 Experimental Research
A course in lab or field research in biological science. Course may taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: 12 hours of chemistry, BIOL 1014, 1024 and 8 additional hours in biology. Fall, Spring.
4013 Histology and Microtechniques
Lecture and lab dealing with primary tissues of vertebrate animals. A practical course laboratory technicians, premedical students and other biology students. Prerequisite: BIOL 2014. Spring.
This course is a study of the basic principles, theories and mechanisms of heredity in the context of historical Mendelian approaches and modern molecular techniques. It will address transmission genetics, population genetics, quantitative genetics and molecular genetics. The course incorporates recent research in the presentation and analytical evaluation of course material with a focus on laboratory techniques and molecular mechanisms. 3 hours lecture and e hours lab. Prerequisites: MATH 2063, eight hours of biology, and eight hours of chemistry. Spring.
4064 Cell and Molecular Biology
This course is designed to address general and specific principles of cellular and molecular biology. The course covers basic chemical and physical concepts important to understanding cellular and molecular processes, cell membrane structure and function, storage and expression of genetic information, signal transduction, synthesis and function of cellular membrane systems, cellular interactions, cytoskeletal structure and function, and the cell cycle. The course incorporates recent research in the presentation and analytical evaluation of course material with a focus on laboratory techniques and molecular mechanisms. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab. Prerequisites: BIOL 1014, 2014 or 2024, 8 hours of chemistry. Recommended: CHEM 3005 and 3015. Fall.
4XX2 Laboratory Teaching Internship
Student interns will assist the instructor in the preparation and instruction of a laboratory course. Interns will engage in individual and small group instruction during laboratory, will be prepared to answer questions related to weekly lab exercises, will assist in the preparation, administration and grading of lab assignments and exams, and will be formally evaluated by the faculty instructor a minimum of two times during the semester. Student interns may be required to design a laboratory exercise and or create exam questions. Students must have completed 16 hours of biology and complete a written application. Satisfactory / unsatisfactory based on instructor’s requirements.
4783 On the Ouachita
An interdisciplinary and place-based approach to environmental sciences. The course incorporates perspectives from disciplines such as history, natural science, ecology and leisure studies and requires field work after the end of the regular semester. On demand.
4801-4894 Individual Study, Group Study, Research
This course is provided to offer competent students an opportunity to do independent study or research beyond the Experimental Research (4001) course. Prior to registration, a student is required to obtain approval from a professor in the department who consents to serve as faculty supervisor. On Demand.
Other Courses in the Natural Sciences:
NSCI 2801 Special Topics in Natural Science
A variable topics seminar course at the sophomore level in the environmental and natural sciences. Students are required to obtain approval from the Division Chair before registering for this course. On demand.
NSCI 4002 Medical Terminology
A programmed course designed to meet objectives related to career goals in biological and health related fields such medical secretary, medical technology, nursing, dental hygiene and athletic training. Fall.
NSCI 4801 Special Topics in Natural Science
A variable topics seminar course at the senior level in the environmental and natural sciences. Students are required to obtain approval from the Division Chair before registering for this course. On demand.