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BS Biology

  1. Students will be able to apply information from core subjects in the biological sciences, including cell biology, genetics, and evolution.
  2. Students will be able to effectively communicate scientific ideas in both written and oral formats.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate the scientific method through the use of hypothesis testing in the design and implementation of an experiment.
  4. Students will demonstrate informational literacy by having the ability and skills to effectively and legitimately use various sources of information required for functioning in a global, information society. 
  5. Students will be able to critically analyze primary scientific literature.
  6. Students will demonstrate that they can perform a set of basic laboratory skills.

MS/MA Biology

  1. Students will possess a working knowledge of facts and concepts in a specific area of biology.
  2. Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of and the ability to apply information from a broad range of fundamental biological concepts and subjects, including cell biology, molecular genetics, evolution and ecology.
  3. Students will be able to critically analyze primary literature articles.
  4. Students will be able to effectively communicate scientific ideas in both written and oral formats.
  5. Students will be able to effectively use statistical and analytical methods.