College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biology
Degree: B.A., B.S. in Biology
The Biology major will:
- Understand how biology in particular, and science in general, relate to their lives.
- Understand the scientific method and appreciate the role and value of research.
- Understand evolution: how it occurs and how it explains the unity and diversity of life.
- Demonstrate a broad, comprehensive knowledge of the main areas of biology (including evolution, diversity, ecology, cell biology, and genetics) and the ability to apply this knowledge to address new questions.
- Demonstrate a well-developed knowledge base from a range of upper division courses in more specialized areas of biology. The selection of courses should cover different levels of biological organization.
- Demonstrate the ability to critically search, read, and evaluate primary literature.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills, both in writing and orally.
- Be able to appreciate and use science as a way of thinking and problem solving, i.e., they will be able to make key observations, ask questions, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, collect and analyze data, draw logical conclusions, and explain and defend those conclusions to others.
- Be familiar with appropriate quantitative tools and technology to test hypotheses that address biological questions.
- Develop a deep understanding of science and how it relates to societal challenges so that they can become leaders in science and their communities.