Are you fascinated by macro and micro ecosystems, willing to work, and have a high school background in natural sciences and mathematics? The Biology major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to pursue a successful career in a variety of scientific, academic, and health-related fields. Our expansive program offers a diverse curriculum, including courses in general biology, ecology, genetics, cellular biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, calculus, and statistics, as well as the opportunity to concentrate your degree in Ecology/Organismal/Evolutionary Biology or Cellular/Molecular Biology, or enter one of our Pre-Professional Programs in: Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry, or Pre-Veterinary study.
As a Biology major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:
- Expert Faculty from around the world with diverse academic and research backgrounds, who are dedicated to the success of their students in the classroom and in the future. They provide an accessible educational atmosphere through individual attention, mentoring, and inclusion of undergraduates in a number of cutting-edge research projects on topics like neurobiology, cell signaling, and alligator gar.
- The Lewis Science Center offers modern equipment and laboratories for research in diverse areas. The Center is equipped with a Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope, for studies that reveal the neural networks in mammalian brains, monitoring intracellular pH in cancer cells, and tracking mitochondrial proteins in yeast and slime mold; and a Scanning Electron Microscope, for research projects such as determining the mineral composition of fossils, looking at the forms of cancer cells and brain cells, observing how plant shoots develop new stems and leaves, and studying the composition of meteorites. The UCA campus also contains the Lewis Natural Area and Jewel Moore Nature Reserve for ecological research, specimen collection, and habitat restoration projects.
- Hands-On Learning including practicum and internship experiences customized to student interests, such as working with local veterinary clinics, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Southwest Energy, environmental restoration organizations, and participation in the National Science Foundation Summer Research Experience. Students even have an opportunity to travel to Rwanda to conduct research on topics ranging from comparative genetic studies of African peoples and HIV/AIDS evolutionary virology, to observation of native flora and fauna, including mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
- Professional Development through student organizations, like the Biology Club, American Medical Student Association, Pre-Veterinary Club, and American Fisheries Society, which promote student engagement with peers, faculty, and scientific and healthcare professionals through a variety of campus events and community activities, such as field trips (like visiting a local wildlife reserve), hosting guest speakers for research presentations and student workshops, and service learning projects, (like volunteering with a local animal shelter or health clinic). Students can also participate in the annual College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Student Research Symposium by presenting their research projects to peers, faculty, and area professionals.
- Employment Opportunities our graduates often choose to continue their education through professional degrees in Medical, Veterinary, Optical, Dental, Pharmaceutical, Osteopathic, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Chiropractic programs, or graduate programs in Biology, Environmental Science, or Education. They also pursue promising careers as laboratory technicians, patent agents, research assistants, food quality control examiners, animal technicians, environmental conservationists, botanical technicians, agricultural consultants, or wildlife conservationists.
To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Biology major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/biology/bachelor-of-science-in-biology/.