Biology

Clark Students Conducting Research on a Rocky Shore

Department Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: 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: 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 computers to acquire and analyze experimental data.

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

Goal 4: 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 5: 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.