Mission Statement

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.