Department of Biology
Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of cell structure, cell physiology, and the molecular processes of cells.
  • Students will be able to describe the features which distinguish the Three Domains of life and the developmental and physiological mechanisms which are fundamental to all living organisms.
  • Students will demonstrate and understanding of the principles of organismal genetics, evolution, and ecology.
  • Students will demonstrate proper laboratory practice, proper use of equipment and the ability to use basic and advanced techniques in several areas of biology.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to perform appropriate statistical analysis of experimental data and draw valid conclusions from their analysis.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively use scientific journals, periodicals and electronic media to access current biological information.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate a journal article from the primary literature.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to produce a paper written in the format of a scientific journal article reporting the results of their own experiment.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to incorporate the findings of experimental research into the existing body of knowledge in that area of biology.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to use their degrees to undertake careers in biology or to gain admittance to graduate or professional school.