Major Learning Goals
The learning goals for the Biology major are:
- To learn fundamental concepts in three major areas: cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology and evolution.
- To use modern laboratory and field research techniques to conduct research.
- To integrate content, skills and critical thinking to design feasible independent research projects employing the scientific method.
- To critique and contextualize the published works of others in the scientific community, including the ability to critically analyze experimental design and data interpretation.
- To demonstrate quantitative literacy, including the application of statistical methods to analyze and interpret data.
- To develop scientific writing skills through the writing of papers using scientific conventions of format, succinctness, objectivity and accuracy
- To develop oral communication skills within the context of scientific conventions of format, succinctness, objectivity and accuracy through the oral and poster presentations.
Learning Goals for the Biomedical Sciences major:
Students who complete the Biomedical Sciences major will:
- Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of cellular, molecular, and physiological concepts relevant to human health and disease.
- Demonstrate the ability to locate, understand, and critique published biomedical science literature using the scientific method as a framework.
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret data 4. Use multiple perspectives to address complex problems in health and medicine.
- Identify and articulate connections between biomedical science concepts and hands-on experiences via reflection, analysis, and synthesis.
- Effectively convey scientific information via oral, written, and/or visual formats.