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Learning Outcomes

The following list of Learning Outcomes provides a broad overview of the skills and knowledge that students majoring in the department are expected acquire


Students should be able to:

Major Field Competence, Sustainability

Demonstrate mastery of general content knowledge from several sub-disciplines, including evolution, ecology, genetics, and molecular biology.

Major Field Competence, Critical & Creative Thinking

Describe science as a way of knowing, including the role of the scientific method and hypothesis-driven research and discovery in the development of scientific knowledge.

Critical Thinking

Critically evaluate new knowledge, information, and claims in the discipline.

Major Field Competence, Critical & Creative Thinking; Ethical Reasoning

Demonstrate laboratory skills and integrate knowledge and skills to formulate relevant questions and design appropriate experiments to advance knowledge in the disciplines.

Integrate knowledge of the discipline with broader knowledge gained through a liberal arts education to analyze the potential societal implications of new knowledge in the discipline.

Communication Skills

Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for entry into the profession or further study.

Collaboration & Leadership; Intercultural & Global Perspectives

Demonstrate collaboration and intercultural skills necessary to work effective in the profession or succeed in further study.