Program Learning Objectives

List of Program Learning Objectives (PLOs)

Bachelors (BA and BS)

PLO1: Students will demonstrate the ability to formulate hypotheses and design experiments to address a scientific question.

PLO2: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relevant content in their concentration.

PLO3: Students will demonstrate laboratory or field skills relevant to their concentration.

PLO4: Students will demonstrate proficiency in scientific writing skills by effectively writing an advanced scientific paper.

PLO5: Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral presentation skills by effectively presenting scientific research. 

Masters (MA)

PLO1. Students will develop effective written communication skills, as assessed by a research proposal at baseline, followed by a written exam.

PLO2. Students will develop effective oral communication skills, as assessed by a research proposal at baseline, followed by an oral exam.

PLO3. Students will demonstrate the ability to independently answer questions regarding their specific field of study, as assessed by a research proposal at baseline, followed by an oral exam.

PLO4. Students will demonstrate the ability to develop, present, defend and critically analyze hypotheses and conclusions using information gained through searches of primary literature, as assessed by a research proposal at baseline, followed by an oral exam. 

Masters (MS)

PLO1: Students will develop effective written communication skills, as assessed by a research proposal at baseline, followed by a written thesis or project.

PLO2: Students will develop effective oral communication skills, as assessed by a research proposal at baseline, followed by an oral presentation.

PLO3: Students will demonstrate the ability to independently answer questions regarding their specific field of research, as assessed by a research proposal at baseline, followed by an oral presentation.

PLO4: Students will demonstrate the ability to develop, present, and defend a research plan using information gained through preliminary experiments as well as critical analysis of primary literature, as assessed by a research proposal at baseline, followed by a written thesis or project.

Maps of Department of Biological Science PLOs to University Learning Goals (ULGs)

University Learning Goals

Bachelors PLOs

Masters PLOs

Specialized knowledge

PLO2

PLO3

Broad integrated knowledge

PLO1

PLO3, PLO4

Intellectual skills

PLO3, 4, and 5

PLO1, PLO2, PLO4

Applied knowledge

PLO1

PLO4

Social and global responsibilities

 

PLO3


Course Curriculum Map and Assessment Schedule

Undergraduate map

Biology PLO

Courses

When Assessed

ULG

1

Bio 155, 156

AY 20-21

1, 2, 3, 4

2

Bio 124, 135B, 160; Micr 141

AY 15-16

1, 4

3

Bio 125, 135L; Bot 165; Micr 141L

AY 16-17

1, 3, 4

4

Bio 100W

AY 18-19

1, 3, 4

5

Bio 155, 156

AY 19-20

1, 2, 3, 4

 

Undergraduate schedule

 

2019-20

2020-21

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

PLO 1

 

 

 

 

A

PLO 2

R

I

 

 

 

PLO 3

 

R

I

 

 

PLO 4

 

 

A

I

 

PLO 5

 

 

 

A

I

A indicates “assessment,” I indicates “implementation,” and R indicates “reassessment.”

  

Graduate map

Biology Masters PLO

Courses

When Assessed

ULG

1

Biol 202, 284, 299

AY 14-15

3

2

Biol 202, 284, 299

AY 14-15

3

3

Biol 202, 284, 299

AY 15-16

1, 2

4

Biol 202, 284, 299

AY 16-17

2, 3, 4

 

Graduate schedule

 

2019-20

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

PLO 1

 

 

R

I

PLO 2

I

 

 

R

PLO 3

R

I

 

 

PLO 4

 

A

I

 

A indicates “assessment,” I indicates “implementation,” and R indicates “reassessment.”