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Biological Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduates majoring in Biological Sciences will develop a broad base of general knowledge, focused primarily in the biological sciences, and capped with in-depth knowledge specific to their particular major program. 

Biological Sciences majors will also obtain broad knowledge in humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and natural sciences, coupled with analytical, oral and compositional skills, to promote good citizenship and the capacity for life-long learning. 

Our students are expected to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge across the sub-disciplines that comprise Biological Sciences. The curriculum for biology majors meets the needs of students with three post-baccalaureate ambitions: graduate school, professional school, or work in industry or government without further training.

Our students will be prepared with sufficient depth of knowledge in their specific major program to assure successful employment in the field, successful entry and completion of graduate and professional schools for advanced study.

Courses designed specifically for non-science majors convey the importance and relevance of biological sciences to society as well as an understanding of the nature of science.

Learning Objectives:

  • As Biological Sciences is an integrative discipline, students are required to demonstrate appropriate proficiency in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics in order to apply this knowledge to the study of Biology.
  • Students will acquire a breadth of knowledge in Biology (genetics, physiology, anatomy, ecology, evolution, cell- or biochemistry, and microbiology).
  • Students will acquire a broad knowledge in humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and natural sciences, coupled with analytical, oral and compositional skills, to promote good citizenship and the capacity for life-long learning.
  • Students will develop and apply oral and written skills, problem-solving skills in developing experimental design and analysis, and participate in individualized hands-on field and laboratory exercises.
  • Students will be prepared with a sufficient depth of knowledge in their specific major program to assure their admission to graduate or professional school or be prepared for entry-level employment.

Graduate Programs The graduate program in Biological Sciences is concentrated in the departmentís research strengths in Ecology and Evolution, Physiology and Neuroscience, and Cell and Molecular Biology. The graduate program prepares students to compete successfully for doctoral, post-doctoral, academic, industrial, and government positions with the intellectual and professional skills to create new knowledge through research.

MS Program Learning Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of fundamental knowledge in Biology and the essential literature in their specific research area.
  • Students will be able to conduct research in biological sciences and demonstrate proficiency in the techniques and methods appropriate for their research area.
  • Students completing the M.S. program in Biological Sciences will be able to compete favorably for jobs in academic, state and federal, and private or industrial sectors.
  • Students completing the M.S. program will be able to propose, design and conduct a research project and be able to present the results to an appropriate forum both in oral and in written format.
  • Students completing one of the M.S. programs shall be able to competently teach the laboratory sections in introductory biology as well as one specialty area.

PhD Program Learning Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of fundamental knowledge in Biology and the essential literature in their specific research area.
  • Students will be able to conduct research in biological sciences and demonstrate proficiency in the techniques and methods appropriate for their research area.
  • Students completing the Ph.D. program in Biological Sciences and Molecular and Cellular Biology will be able to compete for faculty positions in academic institutions or comparable senior research positions in state and federal and private or industrial sectors.
  • Students completing the Ph.D. program shall in addition to the above be able to successfully compete for research grant money to support their research and will have published minimally two peer-reviewed papers on their doctoral research.
  • Students completing the Ph.D. program will be able to competently teach the laboratory sections in introductory biology, teach laboratory classes in at least two specialty areas, for example, anatomy, physiology or ecology.


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