Biology Department

Non-Science Major Courses

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 (NS) Learning Domain requirement and will fulfill the laboratory requirement, if coded NS-L.

BIOL 100 Concepts in Biology (NS)
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.

BIOL 101 Concepts in Biology (NS-L)
Same as above but with an attached laboratory component. 

BIOL 102 Natural History (NS-L)
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.

BIOL 107 Biology of the Human Body (NS)
The structure and function of human organ systems, with emphasis on the maintenance and perpetuation of the living state.

BIOL 103 Biology of the Human Body (NS-L)
Same as above but with an attached laboratory component.

BIOL 104 Environmental Biology (CW, NS-L)
An introduction to principles of ecology as they relate to the human concerns of overpopulation, resource management, pollution, and environmental ethics. Laboratory course.

BIOL 108 Tropical Field Botany (NS-L) [GA]
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.

BIOL 110 Evolution for Everyone (NS-L)
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.

BIOL 112 Natural History of the New World (NS-L)[GA]
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.

BIOL 165 Comparative Animal Behavior-Tropics (NS-L, SB)[GA]
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.