Mission & Learning Outcomes


The Department of Biology is dedicated to developing broadly trained biologists who are prepared to ask informed questions about nature and obtain meaningful answers. Through mentoring our students in the core biological concepts and competencies, and by modeling the behavior of scholarship, we cultivate investigators and prepare scholars for their personal paths toward careers as biology educators, research scientists, health care professionals, and many other professions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation our students will be able to:

  1. Explain and apply the core biological concepts including energy and matter, structure and function, information flow, systems, and evolution
  2. Articulate an understanding of the core competencies including the process of science, quantitative reasoning, and modeling and simulation of biological phenomena
  3. Demonstrate biology’s interdisciplinary nature which requires communication and collaboration
  4. Recognize the ethical, historical, societal, and legal implications of biology

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