The mission of the UCA Biology Department is to promote, enhance, and contribute to the science of biology by offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs, engaging in biological research and actively assisting the individuals and organizations in our community. The biology program also contributes to the education of all UCA students through its general education biology course and plays a significant role in supporting the curriculum for programs in the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.
Our greatest asset from the students’ perspective is probably that UCA's biology faculty are genuinely dedicated to teaching excellence. They maintain high standards and engage students in current scientific techniquies and concepts in their courses. Many of our faculty are actively engaged in research funded by various of agencies, and most of these projects include opportunities for student involvement. Please consider a visit to our campus to learn more about UCA and what we have to offer.
Ben Cash, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Biology
Lewis Science Center 180
This is an interdisciplinary degree program that offers three areas of specialization tracks in Biology, Chemistry, and Planning and Administration. The program prepares students for a multitude of careers in the government, private, and academic sectors. Students also have numerous opportunities to enrich their education by supplementing coursework with internships and research projects.
This degree leads to a Life Science / Earth Science or Physical Science / Earth Science teaching certification. Biology teaching certification is possible by completing Arkansas licensure requirements through coordination with UCA's College of Education.
Students in the Master of Science program are provided instruction in a breadth of biology sub-disciplines and have the opportunity to conduct focused research guided by graduate faculty in an area of their choice. The objectives of the Master of Science program are to develop the student's independent research skills, to strengthen the student's scientific communication abilities, and to enhance the student's likelihood of gaining employment in a biological field or successful admission into doctoral and professional programs. To learn more go to our Graduate Program page.
Our department offers one-on-one faculty advising that prepares students for entry into graduate and professional schools as well as employment in scientific fields and education. All Biology students are required to be advised every semester in order to register for classes. For more information or to make an advising appointment please contact the department at (501) 450-3146.