Assessment Planning – Biology Programs
This program is a broad overview of the principles
of biology and the functions of biological systems with supportive
courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry.
This program emphasizes cellular, physiological
and organismal biology. The program prepares students for
advanced study or careers in biomedical sciences, including medical,
dental, or veterinary school.
B. S. Environmental Biology
This program focuses on organismal, evolutionary,
ecological and field biology. The degree prepares students
for postgraduate study in the environmental biology field and career
such as environmental consulting firms, environmental education
groups, and governmental agencies.
B. S. Biotechnology
This major focuses on biology at the molecular
level and reflects the importance of science at the biology/chemistry
interface. The program prepares students for work in the field
of biotechnology as well as biochemical and pharmaceutical firms.
The major also provides students with the core courses required
for admission to professional and graduate schools.
Biology students shall be able to demonstrate:
An understanding of the organisms, structures and processes
directly applicable to their particular field of study.
The relationships of organisms with each other and the environment.
Knowledge of the principles of chemistry which are the underpinnings
of all biology, including molecular structures, solutions, acids
and bases, equilibrium and reactions rates. Environmental
biology majors also should be able to demonstrate knowledge of natural
and polluted air, water and soil chemistry.
Sufficient understanding of the principles of physics to
see their importance to and applications in various fields of biology.
Facility in the use of statistical tests, spreadsheets, and
other mathematical tools in the analysis of data and as part of
Ability to discuss problems and solutions, present results
of research in oral and written forms, and to use technology in
the presentation of information to groups of their peers, faculty
and the general public.
Ability to solve problems in courses with quantitative components
and, where appropriate, design experiments, collect and analyze
data, and present their results in formal reports in the format
of a scientific paper.
Ability to collaborate with team members in problem solving