Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Biology Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the B.A. and B.S. Programs in Biology, a degree recipient will be able to:
- describe the detail the major unifying themes of biology, such as evolution, energy flow and transformation, homeostasis, genetic information storage and utilization, structure-function relationships, and hierarchies of organization;
- apply scientific reasoning to generate and test hypotheses by designing and executing experiments using appropriate methods in the laboratory or in the field;
- analyze and interpret quantitative biological data;
- communicate scientific information in a variety of written and oral formats;
- discuss the relevance of scientific research to society from a historic and a modern perspective, including the ethical implications of scientific research and of new technology; and
- find, read, understand, critically evaluate, summarize, and use scientific information.
Master of Science Biology Learning Outcomes
- Critically read, comprehend, and summarize original research papers in biology
- Write in a variety of scientific formats, including manuscript describing experimental results, thesis, grant proposals, conference abstract, and literature review.
- Apply appropriate statistical analyses to experimental design and experimental results
- Make oral presentations in acceptable formats describing information in the scientific literature and describing personal research results.
- Apply the scientific method to answer questions in biology through the design and conduct of hypothesis-driven experimental research projects.
- Demonstrate a thorough and sophisticated knowledge base in biology and describe in detail the current knowledge in at least one specialized field of the biological sciences.
- Defend the thesis in a seminar setting.
- Demonstrate responsible ethical and professional conduct related to biology in all facets of their education.
- Communicate scientific concepts and issues to a general audience.