Biology Learning Outcomes

  • Students will explain/describe the core concepts in Biology.
  • Students will analyze structural-functional relationships in biological organs, tissues and cells as developed through evolutionary mechanisms.
  • Students will critique primary literature at the molecular, cellular, and organismal level. This will include evaluation of experimental techniques and the use of controls and hypothesis testing by published authors.
  • Students will learn basic statistical analysis and methods of applications of these techniques in developing experimental design, and appreciate limitations of conclusions drawn from experimental data.
  • Students will undertake original and publishable research studies at either cellular, organismal, population, or interspecies level with faculty mentors. In this process, they will demonstrate skill in relevant literature analysis, experimental design, actual performance of experimental protocols, teamwork, statistical analysis of results and oral and written communication of conclusions and their defense.
  • Students will construct a research thesis, and present the results of that thesis to an audience of peers and faculty at regional or all college events, and be able to defend their results to other students and faculty.