The mission of the Department of Biology is to provide a challenging and supportive educational experience for our students so that each student can achieve his or her educational goals. Our Biology curriculum is sufficiently diverse to prepare our students for the broad variety of postgraduate opportunities that exist in biology; it is unified so that each student experiences all the relevant areas of biology, and it is current and reflective of the new information and methodology in the field. The Biology major provides a strong grounding in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, and then allows flexibility in the selection of electives. Recommendations for electives are offered for students interested in pursuing interests in medicine, specialized graduate study, the many careers in the allied health professions, and the teaching of biology in secondary schools.
1. To prepare students to conduct and communicate original scientific investigations.
2. To provide a curriculum that cultivates the students' knowledge base of the foundational areas of biology at the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecosystem levels of organization.
3. To prepare and graduate students who enter graduate school or professional school or who obtain employment in biology-related fields.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
1. Apply the scientific method and complete an independent research project.
2. Communicate effectively biological concepts through written, spoken and visual means.
3. Explain the processes that lead to evolutionary change and recognize biological structures and functions as products of evolutionary change.
4. Relate energy flow to nutrient cycling at multiple levels of biological organization.
5. Correlate structure and function at multiple levels of biological organization.
6. Describe how genetic information is stored, expressed and transmitted from one generation to the next.