Biology Program Outcomes

Core Biological Concepts

  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of Genetics, Cell Biology, Physiology, Ecology, and Evolution.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the levels of biological organization and their interconnectedness from molecules to ecosystems.
  • Recognize the relationship between structure and function at all levels of biological organization.
  • Connect biological concepts and scientific research findings to ethical, social, and environmental issues as they pertain to life sciences.
  • Explain biological principles, mechanisms, and relationships that generate the diversity of life on earth.


  • Define and use scientific terminology consistent within the field of study.
  • Demonstrate effective oral, written, and visual communication.
  • Communicate biological principles appropriately in a socially responsible manner to diverse audiences.
  • Prepare laboratory reports that effectively and precisely present scientific methods, results, and analysis that are logically explained and interpreted with biological concepts and principles.

Laboratory Skills

  • Understand and apply safe laboratory practices.
  • Apply scientific knowledge and methodology using biological techniques to develop hypotheses, design experiments, test hypotheses, and critically evaluate findings.
  • Analyze and interpret scientific data based on scientific principles and reasoning.
  • Demonstrate safe and ethical application of the scientific method.
  • Evaluate the limitations of scientific approaches and perform logical troubleshooting.
  • Maintain and present detailed and accurate research records.

General Skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in a variety of settings.
  • Apply principles of ethical scientific conduct and academic integrity.
  • Apply practical and software-based approaches using appropriate units to explore biological problems.
  • Perform, evaluate and interpret statistical analyses.
  • Identify, evaluate, and select scientific research, evidence, and information from sound and reliable sources based on research literacy.
  • Demonstrate inductive and deductive reasoning skills to make scientific and biological connections.
  • Critically read scientific texts with a goal to interpret and synthesize scientific arguments.
  • Generate meaningful arguments using scientific concepts and principles to enrich and impart knowledge.
  • Gain transferable skills (e.g. self-efficacy, time management, work-flow organization, report writing etc.) to operate in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Last updated on 25 April 2024