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BS in Biology

Learning Outcomes and Assessment

Biology is the study of the organization and operation of life at the molecular, cellular, organism, and population levels. Graduates obtain information on the historical, technical and social aspects of biology and utilize basic knowledge toward realizing broader concepts. The Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in General Biology; Pre-medicine / Pre-dentistry; Biotechnology / Molecular Biology and a minor in Secondary Education that leads to a Public Instruction License. Additionally, the Department offers courses to a large number of students from other departments and supports pre-professional programs. The Biology curriculum and experiences are designed to prepare students, in part, for entry into professional health programs, graduate studies, technical careers and education

Outcome 1
Identification of Complex Relationships
Graduates will be able to illustrate the structure and function of cellular components and explain how they interact in a living cell.

Outcome 2
Oral and Written Communication
Graduates will be able to formally communicate the results of biological investigations using both oral and written communication skills.

Outcome 3
Laboratory and Field Studies
Graduates will be able to perform laboratory experiments and field studies, by using scientific equipment and computer technology while observing appropriate safety protocols.

Outcome 4
Scientific Knowledge
Graduates will be able to demonstrate a balanced concept of how scientific knowledge develops, including the historical development of foundational theories and laws and the nature of science.

Outcome 5
Data Analyses
Graduates will be able to demonstrate scientific quantitative skills, such as the ability to conduct simple data analyses.

Outcome 6
Critical Thinking
Graduates will be able to use critical-thinking and problem solving skills to develop a research project and/or paper.