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Objectives and Outcomes

Program Objectives

Upon graduation, students will be prepared to:

1. Pursue advanced degrees in biology and related fields or professional degrees, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and other health related fields.

2. Directly enter a broad range of career pathways in industry and federal or state governments which require a baccalaureate degree in science.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students of the biology program will be able to:

1. Apply scientific method to solving problems.

a. Formulate a hypothesis and alternate hypotheses

b. Design experiments to test hypotheses

c. Collect data

d. Analyze data statistically and graphically

e. Interpret and report data

2. Communicate effectively in writing and orally.

3. Evaluate sources of information through a scientific lens.

a. Perform search of primary scientific literature

b. Interpret scientific papers

c. Summarize research results from primary sources

d. Synthesize information from a variety of sources into a coherent argument

4. Develop a working vocabulary in evolution, ecology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, cellular, molecular and organismal biology.

5. Explain and apply basic concepts in cell and molecular biology, evolutionary theory, human biology, genetics and ecology.

6. Demonstrate skills in the use of equipment and apply safety practices in laboratory and field settings.