Objectives

Through a variety of learning opportunities, our students will develop:

Goal 1: a  knowledge-base necessary to understand the complexities of the biology and chemistry of life

  1. Objective:  integrate basic biological and chemical knowledge and its structure  to develop a foundation in the concepts and facts in modern cell and molecular biology and biochemistry, and to be familiar with various ways of organizing and accessing scientific knowledge
  • knowledge as a foundation of research
  • principles of chemical reactivity, bonding, thermodynamics and kinetics
  • principles of biological structures and activities, control and regulation
  • tables of data
  • graphs
  • mathematical relationships
  • theories
  1. Objective: Scientific methodology: to understand the methods and limitations of science and what distinguishes science from other modes of inquiry
  2. Objective: Evolutionary nature of biology and chemistry: to become aware of past and emerging developments and issues in these fields and to place scientific discoveries in a historical and societal context
  • influence of gender and minority issues on the evolution of science
  • current literature
  • seminars
  • inclusion of unusually exciting occurrences

Goal 2: the technical and intellectual skills necessary to facilitate creative problem solving

  1. Objective: Technical skills
  • Computational skills: to increase proficiency in using math as a language relevant to both biology and chemistry
    • verbalize mathematics
    • translate words into mathematical relationships
    • appropriate use of fundamental math techniques
  • Lab skills: to develop proficiency in techniques to gather meaningful data
    • skill in use of lab equipment and instruments
    • choice of appropriate technique
    • manipulative efficiency
    • observation skills
    • safety
  • Library skills: to increase proficiency in information retrieval
    • search (electronic and print media)
    • use of literature
  • Computer skills: to increase proficiency in use of computers
    • types of software
    • computer modeling
    • appropriate uses
    • communication
  • Communication skills: to exchange ideas effectively and efficiently by correct usage of terminology and nomenclature
    • writing
    • reading
    • listening
    • speaking
    • presentation of information
  • Group dynamics: to work effectively as a team member to accomplish a task
    • recognize roles
    • contribution of team members
    • team work
  1. Objective: Thinking skills
  • Organize: to develop skills to enable one to organize knowledge and information
    • classification
    • alternative to memorization
  • Reason: to develop logical and quantitative reasoning skills
    • drawing generalizations
    • working with models
    • use of mathematical models
    • inductive/deductive reasoning
  • Analyze: to take new knowledge apart and evaluate it based on prior knowledge
    • limitations of theories
    • criticize theories
    • data analysis
  1. Objective: Creative problem solving
  • Synthesize: to create new knowledge based on prior knowledge
    • derive relationships
    • development of mathematical model from data - modeling (e.g., computer modeling)
    • prediction from models
  • Integrate: to connect new knowledge with prior knowledge
    • commonalties
    • connections
    • the "big picture
    • reductionist and global approaches of chemistry and biology
  • Design: to formulate important questions; design and evaluate methods for answering them
    • design an experiment
    • recognize variables
    • evaluate experiment
    • relate theory to design
    • design a search strategy
  • Problem solving: to develop processes necessary for solving problems and making decisions
    • brainstorm
    • analyze problem or question
    • plan solution
    • evaluate solution

Goal 3: the attitudes and values that foster a continuing discourse about science and its role in our world

  1. Objective:  Applications of attitudes and values
  • Society: to integrate personal and societal values into technological issues, especially those dealing with genomics and proteomics and their integration into medicine
    • relationship of medical, scientific and societal issues
    • ethical waste disposal
    • influence of personal values on science
    • ethical issues arising from human genome project
       
  • Gender: to be sensitive to gender related and minority issues
    • creation of a supportive environment for all students
    • recognition that science is accessible to all
  1. Objective:   Development of attitudes and values
  • Excitement: to foster enthusiasm and enjoyment for learning chemistry
  • Confidence: to realistically appraise strengths and weaknesses
    • willingness to take a risk
    • creation of supportive environment
    • encouragement of students at all levels
  • Flexibility, ambiguity: to encourage flexibility that enables one to handle ambiguity
    • willingness to explore alternative views
    • comfort in dealing with open-ended questions
    • ability to tolerate change
    • ability to respond positively to an intellectual challenge
  • Independent learning: to take personal responsibility for learning
  • Work ethic, motivation: to encourage and reward perseverance in learning
    • recognition that learning requires work
    • benefits of learning are not necessarily a grade
    • experience the satisfaction of learning
  • Curiosity, inquiry: to encourage curiosity that leads to further inquiry
    • all questions encouraged