Biology

Clark Students Conducting Research on a Rocky Shore

Department Learning Outcomes

Goal 1. To provide students with a broad conceptual background in the biological sciences:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of Mendelian and molecular genetics, cell structure, cell physiology, and molecular processes of cells.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of organismal form, function, and diversity.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of evolution and ecology.

Goal 2. To provide students with technical and analytical skills used in modern biological research:

  • Students will demonstrate proper and safe laboratory practice, proper use of equipment, and the ability to use basic techniques in several areas and advanced techniques in at least one area.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to perform appropriate quantitative analysis of experimental data and draw valid conclusions from their analyses.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with computational, mathematical and statistical approaches to acquire, analyze and model experimental datasets.

Goal 3. To provide students with an understanding of the role of science in society and the ethical conduct of science.

Goal 4. To provide students with the ability to develop hypotheses and design approaches to evaluate them, as well as to access and critically evaluate information in biology:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to develop testable hypotheses, design appropriate experiments, and present reasoned analyses and interpretations of results.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively use electronic media to access biological information.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate a journal article from the primary literature.

Goal 5. To provide students with the ability to effectively communicate the findings of biological research and incorporate these findings into the existing body of knowledge in biology:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to report the results of their experiments in a written paper that conforms to the scientific conventions of that field and incorporate the findings into the existing body of knowledge in biology
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to orally communicate the findings of their experiments or the work of others.

Goal 6. To prepare students to undertake careers in the biological sciences:

  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to use their degrees to undertake careers in biology or to gain admittance to graduate or professional school.