Biology

Welcome to the Biology webpage. On this page you'll find the mission of the department, departmental student learning goals, a curricular map and assessment schedule, and progress made from the most recent Program Review Action Plan (2009-2010). If you have questions about the assessment findings or questions about the department, please contact William Lamberts, Biology Department Chair, at [email protected].

MISSION

The students and faculty of the Biology Department are a community of learners who use inquiry-based methods to investigate the breadth of biology, its connection to other disciplines, and its relevance to individuals and to society.

STUDENT LEARNING GOALS

Goal 1:  As a community of learners, faculty and students will work collaboratively to expand their understanding of biology.

  1. Faculty members will maintain research programs that involve mentoring students.
  2. Faculty members and students will collaboratively explore current scholarship in biology.
  3. Faculty members and students will communicate their scholarship with their peers and the public.

Goal 2:  Students will recognize biology as a diverse discipline unified by fundamental themes.

  1. Students will explain the process of evolution and how it underlies both the diversity and unity of life.
  2. Students will recognize and explain relationships between structure and function in biological systems.
  3. Students will understand that interactions within biological systems can produce complex, novel properties.
  4. Students will explain how biological systems use energy and materials.
  5. Students will explain how living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information.

Goal 3:  Students will use inquiry-based methods to investigate biological systems.

  1. Students will analyze, evaluate, and apply information from the Biological literature.
  2. Students will develop a diverse collection of investigative skills that they will use to study biological systems.
  3. Students will communicate their conclusions effectively both orally and in writing.

Goal 4:  Students will recognize that a comprehensive understanding of biological systems requires the application of knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines.

  1. Students will receive training in a variety of disciplines that will improve their abilities to effectively engage in biological inquiry.
  2. Students will apply their competence in these disciplines to investigate biological systems.

Goal 5:  Students will recognize the linkages between the discipline of biology and human social systems.

  1. Students will explore the impact of the biological sciences on society and individuals.
  2. Students will explore how social influences impact biological investigation.
  3. Students will explore ethical issues raised by advances in biological understanding.
  4. Students will investigate and assess societal challenges from a biological perspective in order to contribute to solving these problems.

CURRICULAR MAP and ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE

Learning Goals

Foundations
of Biology
Intermediate Cell Biology
and Genetics 
Evolution
in Action 
Upper-division
BIOL courses
Senior
Capstone

Goal 1: As a community of learners, faculty and students will
work collaboratively to expand their understanding of biology.

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Goal 2: Students will recognize biology as
a diverse discipline unified by fundamental themes.

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Goal 3: Students will use inquiry-based
methods to investigate biological systems.

B I I A A

Goal 4: Students will recognize that a comprehensive
understanding of biological systems requires the application
of knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines.

B I I A A

Goal 5: Students will recognize the linkages between
the discipline of biology and human social systems.

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ACTION PLAN FROM (Program Review Year)PROGRAM REVIEW

To review the action items agreed on by the Biology the Academic Affairs team from the 2010-2011 Program Review and see progress made towards addressing the action items, click on the link below.