Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
DEMONSTRATE UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROCESSES OF SCIENCE, THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD, AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND ESTABLISHED KNOWLEDGE. (PSLO 1)
Elucidate the way in which research leads to generally accepted conclusions and the integration of new research data with the building of a body of scientific knowledge.
Recognize that the information presented in science textbooks and other established “authorities” is the result of research conducted in the field or the lab and is based on an accumulation of data.
Design a scientific inquiry, including use of proper controls and analyses.
Demonstrate critical thinking skills by the analysis of data sets, recognition of the implications of perturbations to biological systems, and synthesis of information to draw conclusions.
EXPRESS ONE'S SELF CLEARLY WHEN WRITING OR SPEAKING ABOUT BIOLOGY, DEMONSTRATING KNOWLEDGE OF BASIC BIOLOGICAL TERMINOLOGY AND UNDERSTANDING OF MAJOR BIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS. (PSLO 2)
Produce laboratory reports which address background information, procedures, results, and analysis of data developed during a laboratory exercise or inquiry project.
Produce essays explaining biological processes in clear and concise terms.
Produce reports and term papers which clearly explain biological processes and elucidate current theories explaining biological phenomena.
DEMONSTRATE BOTH CONTENT KNOWLEDGE AND TEST TAKING SKILLS WHEN COMPLETING ESSAY, OBJECTIVE, AND MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAMS. (PSLO 3)
Demonstrate problem-solving abilities in the major content areas of biology including cell biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, and evolution.
Analyze the logic of a multiple-choice question about biology and select the correct response from among related items.
Write clear responses to essay question prompts without including extraneous information or omitting information necessary to provide a clear answer.
Utilize test-taking skills such as critical analysis of information, test-time management and focused writing.
Demonstrate content knowledge in the broad areas of biology including cell biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, and evolution.
CHOOSE AND UTILIZE APPROPRIATE LABORATORY TECHNIQUES PROFICIENTLY. (PSLO 4)
Demonstrate proficient use of measurement (use of metric measures).
Demonstrate proficient use of microscopy.
Demonstrate proficient use of pipetting.
Demonstrate proficient use of gel electrophoresis.
Demonstrate proficient use of dissection.
Demonstrate proficient use of basic biochemical techniques such as pH testing, Biuret test, Benedict’s test, etc.
Demonstrate the ability to design a laboratory experiment, including the use of adequate controls and choice of analyses used to examine data, etc.
EVALUATE BIOLOGICAL DATA, DRAW REASONABLE CONCLUSIONS, RECOGNIZE THE ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THESE CONCLUSIONS, AND APPLY THESE CONCLUSIONS TO PERSONAL, COMMUNITY, AND SCIENTIFIC PROBLEMS. (PSLO 5)
Choose what data to collect in order to address a specific hypothesis.
Collect data and keep organized records.
Conduct basic graphical and statistical analysis of data.
Reach and clearly express logical conclusions based on biological data.
Relate, in presentations and/or in written reports, how biological information is relevant to personal and community issues.
Recognize the ethical implications of biological research and the responsibility to use knowledge wisely.
EMPLOY INFORMATION-GATHERING TOOLS TO INVESTIGATE BIOLOGICAL IDEAS. (PSLO 6)
Use the Internet in order to gather scientific information, including the ability to recognize the relevance and scientific validity (or lack thereof) of information when found.
Use the library in order to gather scientific information, including the ability to recognize the relevance and scientific validity (or lack thereof) of information when found.