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Program Assessment

Degree Program and Director

Degree Program: BS in Biology
Degree Program Director: Henry Zot
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Program Mission Statement

Mission statement may be found on the Biology homepage.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. To develop a strong and diversified background in modern biology, a student will demonstrate proficiency with the fundamentals in three key areas within the discipline of biology: cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology and evolution.
2. To develop critical-thinking and problem-based learning skills, a student will demonstrate the ability to evaluate scientific investigations and to assess, interpret, and understand data and it meaning. 
3. To develop the ability to communicate scientific ideas in both written and oral formats, a student will demonstrate the ability to research and organize scientific idea in written or oral presentations.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

1.    Majors Field Test in Biology is administered to each graduating student.  Results are compared with national test results.
2.   A student’s ability is determined from reports of research projects with faculty, lab assignments in upper division lab courses in biology, independent studies of the scientific literature, and internships that address the outcome. 
3.   A student’s ability is determined by presentations in required seminar class and by other evidentiary sources that may include presentations at regional and national scientific meetings, participation in competitions among students engaged in research, and publication of scholarly works. 

Assessments are conducted annually.  The results are reviewed by the faculty of the Biology Department.