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MS in Biology

Learning Outcomes and Assessment

The mission of the MS in Biology is to prepare graduate students for entry into PhD programs and a wide diversity of careers in health, biotechnology and environmental fields and enhances the teaching skills and knowledge level of public school secondary education teachers. Graduate faculty have expertise and mentor in such diverse areas as cancer research, nematology and environment, microbiology, genetics and natural sources of bioactive molecules and in conducting teaching research projects in public school settings.

Outcome 1 - Utilization of the Literature:
Students will be able to critically read and comprehend an independently accessed comprehensive body of scientific literature which is project relevant and foundational in supporting and explaining research findings in both written and oral format.

Outcome 2 - Development of Relevant Knowledge Base:
Students will be able to demonstrate a thorough and in-depth knowledge base in cell and molecular biology and describe the theoretical bases, applications and limitations of biotechnology instruments.

Outcome 3 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility:
Students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of key ethical issues affecting biological research and their responsibilities as professionals.

Outcome 4 - Dissemination of Scientific Outcomes:
Student will be able to effectively communicate and defend results of original scientific investigations through written and oral presentations which include the appropriate statistical analyses.

Outcome 5 - Mastery of the Scientific Method:
Students will be able to independently apply the scientific method to answer questions in biology through the design, execution, critical analysis, and interpretation of original hypothesis-driven experimental research projects (thesis and action research projects).