Ability to carry out scientific investigation Students must be able to critically evaluate scientific investigative methodology,
and to carry out scientific investigations. They must be able to collect, organize,
analyze and interpret data, including data from biological databases. They must be
able to build, extend or refine conceptual models using statistics and other quantitative
Understanding and critical evaluation of biological information Students must be knowledgeable in core areas of biology to enable them to search,
understand, and critically evaluate the scientific literature and popular media in
biology and related fields, even in subjects not learned in the classroom. BS students
will also be more knowledgeable in one of two broad areas of concentration; specifically,
Cell and Molecular Biology or Ecology, Evolution and Animal Behavior.
Communication through traditional and electronic media Students must be prepared to engage in effective discussion and to communicate accurately,
effectively, and concisely to a scientific as well as to a non-scientific audience
orally, in writing, and through visual media such as graphs, diagrams and photographs.
Increasingly, students must also be able to communicate using multimedia technology.
Application of biological training to careers Students must be able to leverage their biological education for careers. BS students
will also have acquired marketable skills that will get them into laboratory or field
jobs and graduate programs in biology.