Major Learning Goals

The learning goals for the Biology major are:

  1. To learn fundamental concepts in three ma­jor areas: cell and molecular biology, organis­mal biology, and ecology and evolution.
  2. To use modern laboratory and field research techniques to conduct research.
  3. To integrate content, skills and critical think­ing to design feasible independent research projects employing the scientific method.
  4. To critique and contextualize the published works of others in the scientific community, including the ability to critically analyze ex­perimental design and data interpretation.
  5. To demonstrate quantitative literacy, includ­ing the application of statistical methods to analyze and interpret data.
  6. To develop scientific writing skills through the writing of papers using scientific conventions of format, succinctness, objectivity and accuracy
  7. 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:

  1. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of cellular, molecular, and physiological concepts relevant to human health and disease.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to locate, understand, and critique published biomedical science literature using the scientific method as a framework.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret data 4. Use multiple perspectives to address complex problems in health and medicine.
  4. Identify and articulate connections between biomedical science concepts and hands-on experiences via reflection, analysis, and synthesis.
  5. Effectively convey scientific information via oral, written, and/or visual formats.