Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

ugrad1The B.S. Biological Sciences program reflects the Department’s belief that professional biologists, regardless of their ultimate focus in biology, benefit from sound undergraduate training in basic subdisciplines of biology and the supporting sciences of mathematics, chemistry, and physics. After a year of Introductory Biology (which may be satisfied by AP credit), students choose four core biology courses, and take Biology elective courses as soon as prerequisites are met. The program is highly flexible, allowing students to specialize in plant or animal biology, and in one or several subdisciplines, such as ecology, physiology, evolution, behavior, cell or developmental biology.

Learning Outcomes for Biology Majors

  • Recognize the relationship among structure, function, and process at all biological levels: molecular, cellular, organismal, population, community, ecosystem.
  • Describe and explain the major cellular processes in eukaryotes and prokaryotes.
  • Describe the flow of genetic information, the chromosome theory of heredity, and the relationship between genetics and evolutionary theory.
  • Use the principles of biological classification to examine the diversity of life and identify the phylogenetic relationships of the major groups of organisms.
  • Explain the principles of organismal evolution, including the role of natural selectionExplain the ecological relationships between organisms and their environment.
  • Demonstrate an ability to think critically and synthesize scientific information.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply mathematical and statistical approaches to interpreting biological information.
  • Apply the scientific process, including designing and conducting experiments and testing hypotheses.
  • Develop skills in the use of laboratory and field techniques commonly used in biology.
  • Prepare oral and written reports in a standard scientific format.
  • Abide by established scholarly and scientific ethics in biology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role of biological science in societyDevelop an awareness of the careers and professions available in the biological sciences

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