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Student Learning Objectives Biological Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

  • Obtain a general knowledge of the basic principles of biological systems through a series of required courses in Genetics, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Evolution.
  • Obtain depth of knowledge in a selected area of biology through upper level courses.
  • Develop skills in analytical thinking through problem-based assignments and exams and laboratory exercises.
  • Develop skills in the use of current methodology and investigation through laboratory courses.
  • Understand the scientific research infrastructure of the United States.

Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences

  • Acquire a breadth of knowledge in the biological sciences.
  • Develop skills in analytical thinking through problem based assignments and exams and laboratory exercises.
  • Develop skills in the use of current methodology and investigation through laboratory courses.
  • Understand the scientific research infrastructure of the United States.

B.S. in the Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Obtain a general knowledge of mathematics, physics, and an in depth knowledge of chemistry required for an in depth understanding of the structure and function of biological macromolecules.
  • Obtain an intensive knowledge of the principles of biochemistry and molecular biology through a series of required courses in Genetics, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology.
  • Develop skills in analytical thinking through problem based assignments and exams and laboratory exercises.
  • Develop skills in the use of current scientific methodology and investigation through required laboratory courses.
  • Understand the scientific research infrastructure of the United States.

    Master of Science in Biological Sciences

  • Design experimental protocols in order to contribute to the solution of an important scientific problem.
  • Obtain general knowledge of scientific fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology with a detailed knowledge of one area of interest.
  • Integrate factual knowledge and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate oral, and visual communication skills.
  • Demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Read and understand the primary scientific literature, to keep abreast of major developments, and to synthesize and integrate the literature in their chosen area of expertise.
  • Understand a scientific problem and conduct experiments that would make a substantial contribution to its solution.
  • Understand scientific ethics as practiced in Western societies, including the topics of human subjects, animal use in research, and plagiarism.

Master of Science in Forensic Biology

  • Demonstrate breadth of knowledge in other forensic science disciplines.
  • Assess effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Develop a proficiency in both Excel software and database management programs.
  • Propose a novel forensic research project that will utilize state-of-the-art laboratory methodologies and technologies demonstrated through an internship.
  • Demonstrate both a theoretical and practical knowledge of Forensic Biology.
  • Show a general understanding of molecular biology, genetics, quality assurance, ethics, law and bio-techniques.

Master of Science in Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy

    • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of conservation, environmental science and policy.
    • Develop a thesis (knowledge-based). Formulate a testable hypothesis based on research of the literature and existing data.
    • Demonstrate skills in advanced research tools using one or more of the following: GIS in research, collection and/or analysis of remotely sensed data for research, and/or advanced statistical techniques.
    • Demonstrate computational and analytical skills. Learn the application of  basic and advanced statistical techniques for testing hypotheses.
    • Ability to conduct research and to contribute to the goals of a research group or team.
    • Demonstrate skills in information technology. Learn to use scientific, public policy and legal database search tools and demonstrate capability to search bibliographic databases.
    • Understand and coordinate research in conformity with biological, social science and resource management analytical techniques and applications.
    • Understand scientific ethics as practiced in western societies, including the topics of human subjects, animal use in research, and plagiarism.

    Certificate in Professional Science Management

    Ph.D.

    • Ability to integrate factual knowledge with problem solving skills.
    • Ability to recognize a significant scientific problem and to propose experiments that would make a substantial contribution to its solution.
    • Design experimental protocols and conduct self-directed research in order to contribute to the solution of an important scientific problem.
    • General knowledge of scientific fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology with a detailed knowledge of his/her area of interest.
    • Oral, written and visual communication skills.
    • Read and understand the primary scientific literature, to keep abreast of major developments, and to synthesize and integrate the literature in their chosen area of expertise.
    • Gain an understanding of current research literature and scientific ethics as practiced in Western societies, including the topics of human subjects, animal use in research, and plagiarism.