College of Science and Technology sees metamorphosis in curriculum

July 26, 2012

The Southern Arkansas University College of Science and Technology has made some major changes to the curriculum. According to Dean Dr. Scott McKay the existing curriculum has been revised to focus on modern needs in highly competitive fields.

“These new programs will meet the increasing need for a highly trained workforce in the science, computer, engineering and medical fields,” said McKay. “These are in addition to the ‘centerpiece’ programs in pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, agriculture and nursing.

The College of Science and Technology offers a new slate of programs, including: Wildlife biology and conservation, a chemical engineering option, mechanical engineering option, biochemistry, medical technology, environmental science, forensic science, computer and information science (a new Master of Science degree with a fully online option), nursing (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), Animal Science and Plant Science.

These new programs are in addition to the traditional programs that are at the core of the department – Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.), computer science, industrial technology, biology and agricultural business.

The Southern Arkansas University Natural Resource Research Center (NRRC), a comprehensive testing, research, consulting and training center for economic development in the region, is another exciting area of growth in the department. The NRRC is a phenomenal resource to local industry and for the never-ending quest for transformative and alternative energy.

In supporting the mission in training for the new programs, the NRRC also provides state-of-the art facilities and equipment to support economic development and quality of life in the region. As dean of science and supervisor of the NRCC, McKay said he is confident in its value in working on real problems and finding solutions, while at the same time, providing valuable training and services to students and the community at large.

“We are excited about the changes and new programs and invite you to come by and see for yourself all the great options the College of Science and Technology has to offer,” said McKay.

For more information, contact Sarajane Telford at (870) 235-4290 or visit

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