College of Arts & Sciences
Department and Program Learning Objectives

Knowledge

Students completing the BA or BS major in Biology will:

Demonstrate a proficiency with the concepts and methodologies of the traditional core of biology (1, 4, 6, 8, 9)

Demonstrate the ability to use the scientific method (1, 8)

Demonstrate the ability to apply concepts from diverse sub-disciplines of biology (1, 6, 8)

Develop critical thinking skills to formulate and test biological questions (1, 4, 6) 

In additional students completing a BS in biology will:

Develop critical thinking skills to formulate and test biological questions (1, 4, 6)

Communication

Students completing the BA or BS major in Biology will:

Be able to write a well organized, logical and scientifically sound research paper or report (1, 7, 8)

Be able to present a well organized, logical and scientifically sound oral presentation on a topic in Biology (1, 7, 8)

Career

Students completing the BA or BS major in Biology will:

Be encouraged to pursue research experiences both on and off campus (1, 9)

Be educated about the wide variety of career paths in Biology via seminars and invited speakers

Faculty in the department will provide strong personalized advising allowing students to make informed post-graduation decisions.

Non-STEM students fulfilling their natural sciences requirements will:

Demonstrate a familiarity with biological principles and practices (4, 6, 8, 9)

Appreciate the impact of biology on society and gain confidence in their ability to understand biologically related issues (4, 6, 8, 9)

Numbers in parentheses reflect related Educational Goals.

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