Mission, goals and objectives
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.
Goal 1: As a community of learners, faculty and students will work collaboratively to expand their understanding of biology.
- Faculty members will maintain research programs that involve mentoring students.
- Faculty members and students will collaboratively explore current scholarship in biology.
- 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.
- Students will explain the process of evolution and how it underlies both the diversity and unity of life.
- Students will recognize and explain relationships between structure and function in biological systems.
- Students will understand that interactions within biological systems can produce complex, novel properties.
- Students will explain how biological systems use energy and materials.
- 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.
- Students will analyze, evaluate, and apply information from the Biological literature.
- Students will develop a diverse collection of investigative skills that they will use to study biological systems.
- 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.
- Students will receive training in a variety of disciplines that will improve their abilities to effectively engage in biological inquiry.
- 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.
- Students will explore the impact of the biological sciences on society and individuals.
- Students will explore how social influences impact biological investigation.
- Students will explore ethical issues raised by advances in biological understanding.
- Students will investigate and assess societal challenges from a biological perspective in order to contribute to solving these problems.