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About the Biological Sciences Department

Mission Statement

The mission of the Biological Sciences Department is (1) to create and disseminate knowledge through research in three major fields of biological sciences, Cell & Molecular Biology, Ecology & Evolution, Integrative Physiology & Neuroscience, (2) to provide Biological Sciences students with the highest quality, nationally recognized, undergraduate and graduate education in areas appropriate to student needs, (3) to provide excellent courses in the Biological Sciences in support of Ohio University's general education requirements, (4) to assist the larger community in understanding biological data and the conceptual underpinnings, methods of investigation, and standards of proof appropriate to studies of the natural world, and (5) to support the university's goals of creating a socially and intellectually diverse academic community.

Biology is the study of life and its components, from molecules to cells to ecosystems. With modern molecular and analytical techniques, our understanding of biological processes is growing rapidly. The study of biology encompasses a broad spectrum of careers, including medicine, research, environmental study, teaching, and many more. The Biological Sciences core curriculum provides a solid basis in biology as well as in-depth introductions to three central fields in biology: Genetics, Cell Biology, and Evolution. Specialized curricula at the upper level include courses designed to prepare students for specific careers, graduate school, and professional school. Regardless of the specialized curricular track chosen, the student will graduate with an excellent training in biological sciences, as well as a thorough preparation for careers and advanced education in biology.

Biological Sciences Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning assessment at the program level is intended to promote and maintain program excellence and improve student learning. Each department in the College of Arts & Sciences has developed a set of learning outcomes for their programs and engages in faculty-led assessment activities to help inform curricular and program review and development. Student learning is assessed in different ways across A&S departments, informed by disciplinary standards and the specific learning outcomes of the program.