Program Learning Goals

     These objectives prepare students for productive careers and amplify their potential for lifelong personal and professional growth, which are in accordance with the Mission Statement of the Department of Biological Sciences.  The extensive and diverse knowledge and skills learned will produce highly qualified personnel who can enter productive careers in industry, education, and research.

Masters of Science Program Objectives

Doctor of Philosophy Program Objectives

 

Masters of Science Program Objectives

  To provide students with an introduction to advanced study and understanding in diverse fields in biology while allowing flexibility to tailor a specific curriculum consistent with individual student's career goals.  The anticipated outcome will be a student capable of scholarly appreciation and understanding of multiple fields in biology.

  To develop critical-thinking and problem based learning skills. The anticipated outcome will be a student with the ability to develop new ideas, to conduct independent laboratory and/or library based research, to design, and to assess, interpret and understand data and its meaning.

  To develop ability to communicate scientific ideas in both written and oral formats. The anticipated outcome will be a student who can organize and present his or her scientific ideas in both written and oral formats.

 

Doctor of Philosophy Program Objectives

  To develop critical-thinking and problem based learning skills in order to understand research-based approaches in a specific area of biology.  The anticipated outcome will be a student capable of understanding current issues in biology including analysis of primary literature in specific fields in biology.  

  To empower students with high level laboratory and library based skills in order to perform experimentation and expand our understanding of basic and applied knowledge in biology.  The anticipated outcome will be a student capable of planning, conducting, analyzing hypothesis-driven research projects.

  To develop in students a high level of communication and research expertise sufficient to enable students to pursue advanced careers in academia, government, or private industry.  The anticipated outcome will be a student capable of presenting experimental results in a scholarly manner at a level of understanding capable of withstanding peer scrutiny.