The Biology Department’s mission is to cultivate our students’ appreciation and care of the living world, including human life. To this end, we seek to facilitate students’ growth in the knowledge of the biological sciences, the ability to carry out and communicate scientific research, and the understanding of issues involving the interaction of biology with other academic disciplines and Christian faith.
Program Learning Outcomes
The links below lead to information about the department's most recent assessment of student learning relative to our program learning outcomes.
As a result of what they have learned in their biology program, graduates in biology will be able to do the following:
1. Core Knowledge. Students will effectively identify and explain fundamental principles of life processes at different levels of structural organization.
2. Experimental Investigation. Students carry out scientific investigation in the lab and/or in the field with competence and confidence.
3. Scientific Communication. Students will be able to present the findings and implications of scientific research through written research reports, oral presentation, and scientific posters.
4. Biology/Faith Integration. Students will be able to identify and describe a wide range of controversies, positions, and approaches to the inter-disciplinary and theological implications of biological theory.
Program Review Resources
Curriculum Map A curriculum map is a visual representation of the structure of program curriculum. The map charts program courses, syllabi, and assessments as they relate to the intended program learning outcomes. In other words, a curriculum map is the intellectual linkage that presents twenty plus courses as a story of learning.
Multi Year Assessment Plan A multi-year assessment plan shows what program learning outcomes will be assessed in what years.