Biology Department-level Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Biology major will accomplish six learning goals that fall within three categories:

1.  frame testable hypotheses and predictions

A) Science as a way of knowing

2.  design and execute investigations and perform analyses that address biological questions or problems

3.  communicate results of scientific investigations effectively, both orally and in writing

B) Critical analysis and communication

4.  locate and understand appropriate literature in the biological sciences

5.  evaluate scientific arguments critically

6  demonstrate knowledge of two unifying themes: evolution and emergent properties, and demonstrate knowledge of biological principles at all levels of organization– particularly cellular/molecular biology, organismal biology, and population biology/ecology

C) Working Knowledge

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