Biological Sciences

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to give students a personalized educational experience that encompasses the theoretical, quantitative and applied aspects of the biological sciences. We provide students with intensive, practical laboratory and field experiences and advanced elective options that prepare them to successfully enter the workforce or pursue advanced degrees. We also help them develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Finally, we strive to enable all our students to communicate effectively about biological issues that are key to human welfare. Our commitment is to accomplish this mission by having permanent faculty members teach in laboratories as well as lectures. We provide our students with opportunities outside the classroom to work and interact with faculty.

Student Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate Programs

  • BA Biological Sciences
  • BA Biological Sciences, Preparation for teaching
  • BA Natural Science, Preparation for teaching
  • BS Biological Sciences, Conc. Conservation & Organismal Biology
  • BS Biological Sciences, Conc. Marine Biology
  • BS Biological Sciences, Conc. Microbiology
  • BS Biological Sciences, Conc. Molecular Biology
  • BS Biological Sciences, Conc. Systems Physiology
  1. Students will be able to apply the five ACRL (Assoc. of College Research Librarians) Standards for information competency across all biology programs.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge and comprehension for basic concepts in biology across all biology programs and for faculty-derived questions specific for each concentration.
  3. Students will demonstrate proficiency in written communication by writing with clarity, conciseness, and coherence about relationships among biological concepts across all biology programs.
  4. Students will demonstrate skills in the laboratory as they engage in regularly-scheduled lab activities that include basic skills, acquired in previous courses, as well as advanced skills.
  5. Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral communication by giving concise, clear, and organized oral presentations, with responses and leadership for the audience.
  6. Students will demonstrate ability to work effectively in groups on critical thinking while participating weekly on problem-solving activities and reporting their results to the class.

Graduate Programs

  • MA Biological Sciences
  • MS Biological Sciences, Conc. Organismal Biology, Conservation & Ecology
  • MS Biological Sciences, Conc. Physiology
  • MS Biological Sciences, Conc. Molecular Biology & Microbiology
  1. Students will be able to apply the five ACRL (Assoc. of College Research Librarians) Standards. (Basically: formulate a research question, locate appropriate sources of information, evaluate the information and its sources, summarize and synthesize the information orally and in writing, apply ethical use of information)
  2. Students will demonstrate application of the knowledge and concepts learned in the Undergraduate Biology program specific to their area of expertise.
  3. Students will demonstrate proficiency in integrating that knowledge by being able to write with clarity, conciseness, and coherence about relationships among biological concepts in their area of expertise.
  4. Students will apply the skills learned in the laboratory and/or field as they engage in research activities specific to their field of concentration.
  5. Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral communication by being able to defend a given position on one or more topics of concern in their area of expertise. This will include giving concise, clear, and organized oral presentations, with responses to questions.

Clinical Laboratory Science Certificate



Schedule: BABSUndergraduate Program (doc)Graduate Program (doc)

Methods and mapping onto courses Feb 2011(doc)

Biology B.A., B.S. programs:
Spring 2011 (doc)
Spring 2010 (doc)
Spring 2009 (doc)

Spring 2008 (doc)
Fall 2007 (doc)
Spring 2007 (doc)

Biology MS:
Fall 2007 (doc)
Spring 2007 (doc)

Biology alternate plan M.A.:
Spring 2010 (doc)
Spring 2009 (doc)

Program Planning Documents

Program Planning Report - Biological Sciences

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