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Mission Statement & Learning Objectives

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to provide students a top-rate education in the biological sciences.  Central to our goal is the incorporation of a laboratory-rich experience linked to traditional and innovative classroom pedagogy and technology.  This combination of laboratory and classroom activities engages students in the processes of biological inquiry and critical thinking, provides students hands-on experiences with biological principles, and trains students in modern technological methods. Students completing our program are well educated in the practice and knowledge of science and are well prepared to be productive members of society.

Student Learning Objectives

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences will:

  1. Use the scientific method to ask testable questions and to design and conduct laboratory, field, or theoret­ical investigations to address these questions.
  2. Employ mathematical and computational skills to organize, analyze, and evaluate biological data.
  3. Communicate biological information in an appropriate written and/or oral format to both scientific and general audiences.
  4. Locate, determine the reliability of, critically evaluate and summarize scientific literature and other sources of biological information

Students who graduate with a Master of Science in Biological Sciences will:

  1. Actively participate in and lead discussions about current topics and selected research topics to become highly knowledgeable about specific areas 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 this goal.
  4. Quantitatively analyze and interpret biological data (e.g., class project, original thesis research).
  5. Critically evaluate, synthesize and report on biological data (e.g., class project, original thesis research) in oral and/or written formats based on their knowledge of biology.