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Catalog 2020-2021

Biology and Health Sciences

Teaching Faculty

Professors Dearolf, Duina, and Moran (chair)
Associate Professors Harper, McClung, Murray, and Schurko  
Assistant Professors Gantz, MacDonald, and Schneider

Description

Major in Biology

13 courses distributed as follows:

  • BIOL 150 Cell Biology (w/Lab)
  • BIOL 190 Botany (w/Lab)
  • BIOL 220 General Zoology (w/Lab)
  • BIOL 250 Genetics (w/Lab)
  • BIOL 260  Ecology and Evolution (w/Lab)
  • 1 course from the following list
    • BUSI 250 Principles of Statistics
    • MATH 215 Introductory Statistics
    • PSYC 290 Statistics
    • SOCI 210 Social Statistics
  • CHEM 110 Gen Chem I: Struct & Prop (w/Lab)
  • CHEM 120  Gen Chem II: Analy & React (w/Lab)
  • 4 BIOL electives at the 300 or 400 level, one of which may be CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry
  • BIOL 497 Biology Seminar

Notes:

  • The Department strongly encourages students to design and carry out independent research for course credit. However, this credit will not count toward the four required electives.
  • Students majoring in Biology cannot double major in Health Science.

Health Science Major

13 courses distributed as follows:

  • BIOL 150 Cell Biology (w/Lab)
  • CHEM 110 Gen Chem I: Struct & Prop (w/Lab)
  • CHEM 120  Gen Chem II: Analy & React (w/Lab)
  • BIOL 205 Anatomy & Physiology I (w/Lab)
  • BIOL 215 Anatomy & Physiology II (w/Lab)
  • PYSC 210  Developmental Psychology
  • 1 course from the following list
    • BUSI 250  Principles of Statistics
    • MATH 215  Introductory Statistics
    • PSYC 290  Statistics
    • SOCI 210  Social Statistics
  • HESC 497 Senior Seminar
  • 1 course from the following list 
    • HESC X95 Internship
    • HESC X96 Internship for credit 
    • HESC X99 Independent Research
  • 4 courses from the following (at least two at 300 level or above):
    • BIOL 250 Genetics (w/Lab)
    • BIOL 310 Developmental Biology (w/Lab)
    • BIOL 325  Neurobiology (w/Lab)
    • BIOL 340 Microbiology (w/Lab)
    • BIOL 362 Physiology of Exercise (w/Lab)
    • BIOL 430 Immunology (w/Lab)
    • BIOL 435  Cancer Biology (w/Lab)
    • BIOL 440 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (w/Lab)
    • CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I (w/Lab)
    • CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry (w/Lab)
    • HESC 200 Introduction to Athletic Injuries
    • HESC 265 Nutrition
    • PSYC 310  Social Neuroscience  (w/Lab)
    • PSYC 330  Learning
    • PSYC 335  Sensation and Perception
    • PSYC 341  Moral Emotions
    • PSYC 351 Health Psychology
    • PSYC 352  Social Cognition
    • PSYC 355  Evolutionary Psychology
    • PSYC 360  Behavioral  Neuroscience (w/Lab)
    • PYSC 365  Emotions
    • PSYC 366  Behavioral Endocrinology
    • PSYC 385  Abnormal Psychology
                   
           
          

Notes:

Students majoring in Health Science cannot double major or minor in Biology.

Senior Capstone Experience

Biology

The Senior Capstone Experience for the biology major consists of a comprehensive examination and participation in the senior seminar course BIOL 497 Biology Seminar. During the course, each senior writes a review paper and presents a formal seminar. The grade for the Senior Capstone Experience is based on the comprehensive examination, the review paper, and the formal presentation.

Health Science

Health Science students are required to complete HESC X95 Internship (non-credit) or HESC X96 Internship (for credit) through Career Services and participate in HESC 497 Senior Seminar during one semester of the senior year. The Internship must be approved in advance by the department chair and completed prior to taking the senior seminar. When appropriate, and upon approval by the department chair, a year of research during the academic year or at least 8 weeks of summer research may substitute for the internship portion of the senior capstone experience. Students wishing to pursue a research capstone will take HESC X99 Independent Research instead of HESC X95 Internship (non-credit) or HESC X96 Internship (for credit).

Minor in Biology

Any five biology courses (with laboratories)

Any five biology courses (with laboratories) numbered 150 or above, at least two taken at the 300 or 400 level, one of which may be CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry.

Notes:

  • The Department highly recommends that all students pursuing a biology minor take at least CHEM 110 General Chemistry I: Chemical Structure & Properties (w/Lab) and CHEM 120 General Chemistry II: Chemical Analysis & Reactivity (w/Lab).
  • The following are general guidelines for courses required by many graduate and professional schools. Students should refer to the Catalog tab on Course Planning and work closely with their academic advisors to ensure adequate course preparation for specific post-graduate programs.

 

Medical School, Dental School, and Veterinary Medicine Programs

Course Recommendations

Preparation for medical school, dental school, and veterinary medicine is best achieved by:  

  • Completing at least BIOL 150 Cell Biology (w/Lab), BIOL 250 Genetics (w/Lab) and BIOL 320 Animal Physiology (w/Lab);
  • Two courses in general chemistry, two courses in organic chemistry, and one course in biochemistry;
  • At least one course in mathematics;
  • At least one course in statistics;
  • Two courses in physics;
  • Two to three courses in English; and
  • At least two social science courses.

Graduate Programs

Course Recommendations

Preparation for graduate school is best achieved by:

  • Two years of biology;
  • Two courses in general chemistry and two courses in organic chemistry;
  • Two courses in physics;
  • At least one course in calculus; and
  • At least one course in statistics.

Independent research experience is highly desirable and will be expected by selective graduate programs. Some graduate schools also require basic programming skills and, occasionally, a reading knowledge in at least one foreign language.

    Program Course Listings

    28365365体育在线The courses for this program are organized into the following categories:

    Courses for Non-Science Majors

    28365365体育在线The following courses are designed for non-science majors and may not be used to fulfill requirements for the biology major or minor. They will fulfill the collegiate Natural Science Inquiry Learning Domain requirement and will fulfill the laboratory requirement, if coded NS-L.

    BIOL 100

    Concepts in Biology

    28365365体育在线The structure, function, heredity, evolution, and ecological interactions of living systems with emphasis on those concepts having major implications for humans and society. Specific content may vary by course section subtitle but all sections repeat core concepts. Only one section may be counted for course credit. Section subtitles offered recently include Marine Mammals and Dinosaurs. Consult the course schedule for current offerings.

    Natural Science Inquiry NS
    BIOL 101

    Concepts in Biology (w/Lab)

    The structure, function, heredity, evolution, and ecological interactions of living systems with emphasis on those concepts having major implications for humans and society. Specific content may vary by course section subtitle but all sections repeat core concepts. Only one section may be counted for course credit. Laboratory course. Section subtitles offered recently include Humans & Health and Plants & People. Consult the course schedule for current offerings.

    Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
    BIOL 102

    Natural History (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线The variety of organisms and ecosystems, with special emphasis on the geological and biological history of Arkansas. Field laboratories expose students to the major taxonomic groups of organisms. Laboratory course.

    Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
    BIOL 103

    Biology of Human Body (w/Lab)

    The structure and function of human organ systems, with emphasis on the maintenance and perpetuation of the living state. Laboratory course.

    Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
    BIOL 104

    Environmental Biology (w/Lab)

    An introduction to principles of ecology as they relate to the human concerns of overpopulation, resource management, pollution, and environmental ethics. Laboratory course.

    Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
    BIOL 107

    Biology of the Human Body

    The structure and function of human organ systems, with emphasis on the maintenance and perpetuation of the living state.

    Natural Science Inquiry NS
    BIOL 108

    Tropical Field Botany (w/Lab)

    An introduction to the native, agricultural, and medicinal plants of the Old World tropics. Classroom and field work includes identification of tropical plant families, plantation agriculture, and sustainable harvest of medicinal plants. Students are immersed in a primarily agrarian society, explore issues regarding the rights of people once assigned to lower castes, and religious harmony among Kerala’s Hindus, Muslims, and Christians. This course is taught during the summer in Kerala, India. The field studies entail an additional cost to the student. Laboratory course.

    Global Awareness GA
    Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
    BIOL 110

    Evolution for Everyone (w/Lab)

    A study of the concepts, implications, and evidence of evolution with special emphasis on how the theory of evolution is used in medicine, agriculture, and conservation. Laboratories expose students to experimental methods used in evolutionary studies. Laboratory course.

    Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
    BIOL 112

    Nat Hist of the New World (w/Lab)

    The variety of organisms and ecosystems of a particular region and how they originated and have changed throughout time. Emphasis on the geological and biological history of the region, as well as the human history and contemporary environmental issues. Field laboratories expose students to the regional geology, ecosystems, and the major taxonomic groups of organisms. This laboratory course is taught away from the college campus. Students cannot also receive credit for BIOL 102 Natural History or BIOL 106 Neotropical Biology.

    Global Awareness GA
    Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
    BIOL 165

    Comp Animal Behav-Tropics (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线An introduction to the diversity of animal species and animal behavior in tropical environments. This course examines behavior and biodiversity from an evolutionary, developmental, genetic, and social context. Observation, hands-on research, lecture, and classroom discussion will address how animals in the tropics face various adaptive problems, like finding food, finding mates, caring for offspring, avoiding predators, living in a group, and interacting with humans. Course is taught during the summer semester in Costa Rica. Laboratory course. Cross-listed as PSYC 165. Laboratory course.

    Global Awareness GA
    Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
    Social and Behavioral Analysis SB
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    Biology Core

    28365365体育在线The following courses are required for all biology majors. BIOL 221 and BIOL 222 should be taken during the sophomore year. BIOL 497 should be taken in the senior year. It is highly recommended that all other core courses be completed by the end of the junior year.

    BIOL 150

    Cell Biology (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线The structure and function of cells with emphasis on evolutionary principles, basic biochemistry, and scientific epistemology. Laboratory course. This is a prerequisite for all other biology courses.

    Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
    BIOL 190

    Botany (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线Survey of algae, nonvascular, and vascular plants, with emphasis on the origin, structure, development and physiology of flowering vascular plants. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 150

    BIOL 150
    Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
    BIOL 220

    General Zoology (w/Lab)

    A survey of the major phyla, classes, and orders of animals, with emphasis on basic body plans and organization, development, phylogenetic relationships, and the structure and function of representative organ systems. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 150

    BIOL 150
    BIOL 250

    Genetics (w/Lab)

    Fundamental principles of heredity, including both Mendelian and molecular genetics. Emphasis is on those principles with the greatest implications to understanding biological systems in general, and humans in particular. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 150 and sophomore standing, or consent of instructor.

    BIOL 150 and sophomore standing, or consent of instructor.
    BIOL 260

    Ecology and Evolution (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线Study of the evolutionary processes that have shaped life and biotic and abiotic interactions among organisms and the environment. Major topics include forces of genetic change, adaption and speciation, biodiversity, biomes, population and community interactions, conservation biology, and the geological and biological history of the Earth. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 150; BIOL 190 or 220; BUSI 250 or MATH 215 or PSYC 290 or SOCI 210

    BIOL 150; BIOL 190 or 220; BUSI 250 or MATH 215 or PSYC 290 or SOCI 210
    BIOL 497

    Biology: Senior Seminar

    Reviews of current literature and oral presentations by students based on library or original research. Prerequisite: Senior standing

    Senior standing
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    Biology Electives

    BIOL 205

    Anatomy & Physiology I (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线Focuses on the fundamental concepts and mechanisms that regulate important structural and functional properties of the human organ systems. This course is concerned with the normal function of the intact organism with an emphasis placed on musculoskeletal and neuroendocrine function. Laboratory course. Prerequisites: BIOL 150 and CHEM 100 or equivalent or consent of instructor

    BIOL 150 and CHEM 100 or equivalent or consent of instructor
    Natural Science Inquiry with Lab NS-L
    BIOL 215

    Anatomy & Physiology II (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线Focuses on the fundamental concepts and mechanisms that regulate important structural and functional properties of the human organ systems. This course is concerned with the normal function of the intact organism with an emphasis placed on cardiorespiratory, digestive, renal, and reproductive function. Laboratory course. Prerequisites: BIOL 205 or equivalent or consent of instructor

    BIOL 205 or equivalent or consent of instructor
    BIOL 235

    Microbes & Human Health (w/Lab)

    An introduction to the biology of bacteria and viruses with a focus on microbes affecting human health. Laboratory course. Prerequisites: BIOL 150 and CHEM 120

    BIOL 150 and CHEM 120
    BIOL 300

    Compar Animal Behavior (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线Study of the genetic, developmental, physiological, ecological, and evolutionary bases of adaptive behavior of animals, including humans. Particular emphasis is placed on how humans and other animals face various adaptive problems, like finding food, learning about their environment, avoiding predators, finding mates, caring for offspring, and getting along with others. In laboratory and classroom activities, students observe animal behavior in the laboratory and in the field, design experiments, collect data, conduct statistical analyses, write scientific papers, and present their findings. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BUSI 250 or MATH 215 or PSYC 290 or SOCI 210 Cross-listed as PSYC 300

    BUSI 250 or MATH 215 or PSYC 290 or SOCI 210 Cross-listed as PSYC 300
    Writing Level 2 W2
    BIOL 310

    Developmental Biology (w/Lab)

    A survey of the development of a variety of animals with emphasis on the molecular processes involved. The embryology of vertebrates is stressed. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 250

    BIOL 250
    BIOL 320

    Animal Physiology (w/Lab)

    Study of the evolutionary processes that have shaped life and biotic and abiotic interactions among organisms and the environment. Major topics include forces of genetic change, adaptation and speciation, biodiversity, biomes, population and community interactions, conservation biology, and the geological and biological history of the earth.. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 150, BIOL 190 or 220; BUSI 250 or MATH 215 or PSYC 290 or SOCI 210.

    BIOL 150, BIOL 190 or 220; BUSI 250 or MATH 215 or PSYC 290 or SOCI 210.
    Writing Level 2 W2
    BIOL 325

    Neurobiology (w/Lab)

    A study of the major areas of neurobiology. Topics include the cellular and molecular biology of neural cells, neural development, sensory and motor systems, and more complex cognitive systems. Students also read, discuss, and critique primary literature in the field. Laboratory Course. Prerequisite: BIOL 150

    BIOL 150
    BIOL 330

    Plant Systematics&Evolution (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线Evolution, origin, and diversity of land plants and current methods of phylogenetic inference. Laboratory focuses on morphological features of vascular plant families and field identification, with emphasis on the flora of Arkansas. Lectures address major themes in the evolution of vascular plants and current methods of phylogenetic inference. Up to two day-long field trips on weekends may be required. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 190

    BIOL 190
    BIOL 335

    Marine Biology (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线Studies of marine organisms and their environment, with a focus on barrier islands, estuaries, mangroves, seagrass beds, or coral reefs, depending on the destination of the research trip. To observe marine organisms and their environment, students travel to a destination that is determined each year the course is taught. Possible destinations include: the Gulf Coast Research Lab (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, MS, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and Calabash Caye Field Station in Belize. This trip entails an additional cost to the student. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 220

    BIOL 220
    Writing Level 2 W2
    BIOL 340

    Microbiology (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线Biology of bacteria and viruses. Laboratory includes culturing, identification, isolation from environment, and experimentation. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 250

    BIOL 250
    BIOL 355

    Eukaryotic Cell Biology

    28365365体育在线An examination of current models of intracellular processes such as membrane and cytoskeleton structure, compartmentalization, transport, signaling, and the control of cell division. Emphasis on current research and theory. Prerequisite: BIOL 250

    BIOL 250
    BIOL 362

    Physiology of Exercise (w/Lab)

    Focuses on how various physiological mechanisms are altered with exercise. This course builds upon and applies the fundamentals of physiology under various exercise conditions and environmental extremes. The application of exercise as medicine for improving health is addressed. Physiological responses to exercise are emphasized in the laboratory. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 215 or BIOL 320

    BIOL 215 or BIOL 320
    BIOL 370

    Plant Physiology (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线Study of the essential plant processes with emphasis on mineral nutrition, water relations, photosynthesis, hormones, and the influence of external factors. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 190 and CHEM 110, or consent of instructor

    BIOL 190 and CHEM 110, or consent of instructor
    Writing Level 2 W2
    BIOL 375

    Conservation Biology (w/Lab)

    Principles and practices of conservation biology, a multi-disciplinary science including the fields of ecology, genetics, economics, politics, and sociology, which aims to preserve biodiversity through understanding, protecting, and restoring the earth's ecosystems. Emphasis is placed on applied conservation in Arkansas, with guest speakers and trips to learn about its practice and careers in the field. Some weekend trips are required, including an extended trip over fall break which will bring a modest additional cost to the student. Laboratory course. Prerequisites: BIOL 260 or approval of the instructor

    BIOL 260 or approval of the instructor
    BIOL 430

    Immunology (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线Principles of immunology with an emphasis on the role of experimentation in the development of current immunological concepts. The laboratory includes experiments to demonstrate principles and the use of immunological techniques for scientific investigation. Laboratory course. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and completion of BIOL 250 and one course in chemistry

    junior or senior standing and completion of BIOL 250 and one course in chemistry
    Writing Level 2 W2
    BIOL 435

    Cancer Biology (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线An in-depth analysis of the current research literature on the cellular and molecular biology of cancer with a special emphasis on the new therapies being developed and used in the treatment of this disease. The laboratory includes development and implementation of a student-directed, mentored research project. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 355 or CHEM 330

    BIOL 355 or CHEM 330
    Undergraduate Research UR
    BIOL 440

    Compar Vert Anatomy (w/Lab)

    Phylogenetic relationships and anatomical systems of vertebrates with emphasis on cartilaginous fishes and mammals. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 220

    BIOL 220
    BIOL 460

    Evolution

    The mechanisms of evolution, principles of population genetics, selection and adaptation, and the history of life on Earth. Biological diversity and evolutionary issues for conservation and medicine are also covered. Prerequisite: BIOL 250

    BIOL 250
    Writing Level 2 W2
    BIOL 465

    MolecuEvol & Bioinformatics (w/Lab)

    Evolutionary processes acting at the molecular level, and the utilization of molecular patterns to reconstruct the evolutionary history of genes, genomes, populations and species. The laboratory focuses on using sequence data to complete an intensive semester-long research project in phylogenetics, protein structure and function modeling or other bioinformatics topics. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 250

    BIOL 250
    Undergraduate Research UR
    BIOL 470

    Molecular Genetics (w/Lab)

    28365365体育在线Current research and paradigms in molecular genetics with emphasis on eukaryotic gene regulation, chromatin organization and regulation, genomics, proteomics, RNA biology, and genetic engineering. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 250

    BIOL 250
    Writing Level 2 W2
    BIOL 480

    Field Ecology (w/Lab)

    Studies of ecological patterns and processes in Arkansas ecosystems followed by comparative studies in non-Arkansas field sites. Comparative field study sites alternate each year between Costa Rica and a US ecosystem such as the American Southwest or the Everglades. These comparative field studies entail an additional cost to the student. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: BIOL 260 or approval of the instructor

    BIOL 260 or approval of the instructor
    Global Awareness GA
    Writing Level 2 W2
    BIOL 490

    Biology: Advanced Topics (w/Lab)

    An advanced biology topics course with lab. This course can be repeated for additional credits as long as the section topics are different. Texts, review papers, and original literature may be used to provide extended or integrated coverage of selected areas of biology. Recent section topics include Systems Neuroscience, and Plant Science. Check the online course schedule for information about the topics current scheduled to be taught. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing

    Junior or senior standing
    BIOL X99

    Independent Study

    28365365体育在线Students interested in independent studies in biology should contact the department chair.

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    Health Science Courses

     

    HESC 200

    Introduction to Athletic Injuries

    28365365体育在线The course provides the knowledge of prevention, care, and rehabilitation of common athletic injuries. The student receives athletic training information and the skills necessary to care for the common movement injury. Designed to develop competence in rendering immediate and temporary aid to a victim of accident, sudden illness, or injury. Prerequisite: BIOL 107 or BIOL 205

    BIOL 107 or BIOL 205
    HESC 265

    Nutrition

    28365365体育在线Examines basic principles of nutrition with emphasis on role of nutrition in health and disease.

    Writing Level 2 W2
    HESC X95

    Intern: Internship (Non-Credit)

    Students interested in internships in health sciences should contact the department chair.

    HESC X96

    Intern: Internship (Credit)

    28365365体育在线Students interested in internships in health sciences should contact the department chair.

    Undergraduate Research UR
    HESC 497

    Senior Seminar

    Reviews of current literature and oral presentations by students based on their internship or original research. Non-credit course. Prerequisite: Senior standing and completion of an approved internship or research project

    Senior standing and completion of an approved internship or research project
    HESC X99

    Independent Research (Credit)

    Students interested in independent research in health sciences should contact the department chair.

    Undergraduate Research UR
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