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The Biology BA & BS Programs: Student Learning Outcomes
(2003–04; from Major Summary Report)
Students will demonstrate the ability to:
- use the major concepts of biology and more specialized knowledge in advanced topics of interest to particular students
- perform successfully a variety of laboratory experiments and field studies, including use of equipment and appropriate safety protocols.
- locate, review, and evaluate published works on life science topics, and present the results to an audience.
- use the advanced biological knowledge, required of a professional biologist.
Biology measures for the above outcomes:
Curricular foci for measuring each of the outcomes, using quizzes, exams, papers, workshops, field and laboratory exercises, and research projects, are as follows:
- BIO 1550 and 1560/General Biology I and II; advanced courses in the various specializations
- Laboratory sections of required courses: BIO 1550 and 1560; and laboratory studies from the required upper-level biology electives
- BIO 2890 and 3890/Sophomore and Junior Seminar; selected upper-level courses
- 4000-level courses
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