Learning Outcomes for the Biology Major

  • 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 methods.
  • 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.

Last Updated: 7/1/15