Biology Outcomes

Program Outcome Direct Measure Satisfactory Performance Standard
Demonstrate a broad range of fundamental biological facts and theories. ETS Exam given to graduating seniors every spring. The average score of our graduating class will be at or above the national average for the total score AND in each of the four subcategories:
  1. Cell Biology
  2. Molecular/Genetics
  3. Organismal
  4. Population/Ecology/Evolution
Organize and critically evaluate biological information and present it clearly in written form. Specific Laboratory reports:
Last report in BIOL 1105
Last report in BIOL 1106
Last report in BIOL 3390
Score of 70% or higher on specified rubric.
Organize and critically evaluate biological information and present it clearly in oral form Presentation in class:
BIOL 1106
BIOL 1106
BIOL 4485
Score of 70% or higher on specified rubric


Biology Program Goals

In order to prepare our students for employment or for obtaining future advanced degrees in biological sciences, our students should be able to:

  1. Acquire, apply and communicate a broad knowledge of biological concepts to problems in coursework, research opportunities, and continued life-long learning that involves becoming a healthy, active citizens in a diverse society
  2. Locate, read, and critically evaluate scientific literature and resources in order to express oneself scientifically in speech and writing
  3. Appreciate viewpoints and deal with complex issues of others through multi- and inter-disciplinary inquiry
  4. Have confidence in their own continual learning in the biological sciences which results in students that can clearly state learned ideas and opinions
  5. Have an opportunity to participate in research to develop a variety of vital skills essential in the pursuit of biological knowledge by developing and utilizing intellectual, laboratory, field, and/or technical skills required for comprehending and conducting biological research