Program Learning Goals
1. Students will be able to explain the processes of evolution and its underlying mechanisms.
- Students will be able to explain the following core concepts as discussed in Vision and Change: A Call to Action 2010 Report (American Association for the Advancement of Science) :
- Structure and function (the basic units of biological structure that define the functions of living things)
- Information flow, exchange and storage (the influence of genetics on the growth and behavior of organisms)
- Pathways and transformations of energy and matter (the ways in which chemical transformation pathways and the laws of thermodynamics govern the growth and change of biological systems.
- Systems (the ways in which living things are interconnected and interact with one another.
- Biodiversity at the genetic, organismal, community, and global scales.
- Students will be able to read, understand, and critically interpret primary scientific literature.
- Students will be able to communicate results of biological research.
- Students will be able to recognize and apply ethical principles to basic and applied practice and understand the role of science and scientists in society.
- Students will demonstrate appropriate laboratory skills including scientific technique, maintenance of a laboratory notebook, writing laboratory reports, and adhering to all safety procedures.