Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences will be able to

  1. Use the scientific method to ask testable questions and to design and conduct laboratory, field, or theoretical investigations to address these questions.
  2. Apply knowledge of the major principles from the fundamental biological areas of 1) cellular and molecular biology, 2) genetics, 3) physiology,  and 4) ecology and evolution.
  3. Employ mathemtical and computational skills to organize, analyze and evaluate biological data.
  4. Locate, determine the reliability of, critically evaluate and summarize scientific literature and other sources of biological information.
  5. Communicate biological information in an appropriate written and/or oral format to both scientific and general audiences.

Students who graduate with a Master of Science in Biological Sciences will be able to

  1. Actively participate in and lead discussions about current topics and selected research interests in biology.
  2. Locate, acquire and critically evaluate primary literature in the biological sciences.
  3. Develop specific/hypotheses/aims pertaining to a research problem and design and conduct a study or experiment to accomplish the goals.
  4. Quantitatively analyze and interpret their research data.
  5. Critically evaluate, synthesize and report on biological data (e.g., class project, original thesis research) in oral and/or written formats.