Biology Department

Biology Department Learning Goals

Biology Major

In order to develop into well-versed biologists and to be prepared for future education in graduate and professional schools or careers in the life sciences, Biology majors will be able to:

  1. Describe, interpret, and integrate the fundamental principles and theories that underlie our understanding of the living world, and the empirical evidence that supports that understanding.
  2. Explain the process of science, evaluate and critique its products, and implement it to develop hypotheses and models for experimentation in the context of biology.
  3. Produce and deliver clear and effective oral and written communications of biological concepts and discoveries to a variety of audiences.
  4. Discuss and investigate how fields of biology are interconnected and engage with other scientific disciplines, including the growing role of interdisciplinarity in scientific research.
  5. Relate skills and knowledge of biology to other disciplines in the liberal arts and evaluate the ways in which the life sciences interface with various aspects of our society, including ethics and governance.

Health Science Major

  1. Appraise the role of science in health and society and apply analytical and statistical tools to answer relevant questions.
  2. Connect theory and practice through coursework and a hands-on, in-depth experience in the health science field of their choice.
  3. Articulate the relationship between health science and the liberal arts.
  4. Develop intellectual and practical skills to be successful in post-graduate pursuits.