Program Review

Biology Department Curriculum Map 2012

PROGRAM GOAL #1

Students will effectively identify and explain fundamental principles of life processes at different levels of structural organization.

Outcome:

Students will score competitively on a national comprehensive standardized exam in Biology.

Where Learning Outcome is met:

Introduced

BIO-005 and BIO-006

Developed

BIO-114, BIO-102, BIO-104, BIO-108, BIO-110, BIO-113, BIO-125

Mastered

BIO-195 (required in two of the four tracks in the major), BIO-128, BIO-130, BIO-132

Assessment Tool:

Major Field Test in Biology (Educational Testing Service) administered to graduating seniors.

Benchmark:

Mean score on the Major Field Test should be in the top third of individual student scores, nationwide.

Link to the Institutional Learning Standards:

Active Societal and Intellectual Engagement, Critical-Interdisciplinary Thinking, Research and Technology

 

PROGRAM GOAL #2

Students carry out scientific investigation in the lab and/or in the field with competence and confidence.

Outcomes:

1) Students have an appropriate understanding of the experimental question and of the previous research published on the topic.

2) Students will apply appropriate principles of experimental design and data interpretation in their research projects.

Where Learning Outcomes are met:

Introduced

BIO-005

Developed

BIO-114, BIO-104, BIO-110, BIO-113, BIO-125, BIO-130, BIO-132

Mastered

BIO-198 and BIO-199 as well as summer research

Assessment Tools:

1) Research student surveys
2) Evaluation of research posters

Benchmarks:

For 1) mean score of 4 or above in each category of survey
For 2) 90% of students demonstrating competency in each category on rubric

Link to the Institutional Learning Standards:

Active Societal and Intellectual Engagement, Critical-Interdisciplinary Thinking, Research and Technology, and Written and Oral Communication

 

PROGRAM GOAL #3

Students will be able to present the findings and implications of scientific research through written research reports, oral presentation, and scientific posters.

Outcome:
Students use appropriate style and format (as instructed) for writing research papers, creating research posters, and giving oral presentations.

Where Learning Outcome is met:

Introduced

BIO-005 and BIO-006

Developed

BIO-114, BIO-104, , BIO-113, BIO-125, BIO-128

Mastered

BIO-110, BIO-130, BIO-132, BIO-195, BIO-197, BIO-199

Assessment Tool:

Departmental review of senior writing samples from upper-division courses

Benchmark:

Mean student score of 4 on each criteria of writing rubric.

Link to the Institutional Learning Standards:

Critical-Interdisciplinary Thinking, Written and Oral Communication, Research and Technology

PROGRAM GOAL #4

Students will be able identify and describe a wide range of controversies, positions, and approaches to the inter-disciplinary and theological implications of biological theory.

Outcomes:

1) All students will be able to identify and assess a range of historic and contemporary approaches to relating science and religion.

2) Students will be familiar with a variety of historical and contemporary interdisciplinary implications of
biological theory, including evolutionary theory, and be able to describe controversies that attend them.

3) Students will demonstrate understanding of, and ability to assess, arguments in at least one substantial ethical controversy related to contemporary biology.

4) In their engagement of controversial issues, students will recognize ambiguity, respect the views of others, and critically assess their own positions.

Where Learning Outcomes are met:

Introduced

BIO-005 and BIO-006

Developed

BIO-114, BIO-104, BIO-108, BIO-113, BIO-125, BIO-130

Mastered

BIO-124, BIO-196 and BIO-197 (all majors take one of these courses)

Assessment Tools:

1) Performance on examinations

2) Pre- and post-instruction surveys

3) Student course evaluations

Benchmark

Yet to be determined.

Link to the Institutional Learning Standards:

Christian Orientation, Critical-Interdisciplinary Thinking, and Active Societal and Intellectual Engagement