Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will demonstrate:
- competence in general biological knowledge, including but not limited to -
- vocabulary critical to biological discourse;
- relationships (e.g., structure/function, genetics, taxonomy, etc.) and processes (evolution, metabolism, development etc.) on a variety of scales; and
- history/philosophy of biological science.
- understanding of the characteristics of life, including, but not limited to - evolutionary adaptation, responsiveness, homeostasis, inheritance, reproduction, energy processing, growth and development.
- understanding of the levels of organization of the biological world (from molecules to the biosphere), complexity of interactions between the levels, and how properties emerge at successive levels of complexity.
- understanding of the construction of biological knowledge, including but not limited to:
- understanding of, and ability to access, sources of biological knowledge
- understanding of the need for multiple scientific methods in answering biological questions;
- familiarity with scientific processes of investigation;
- the ability to review, critique, and synthesize scientific literature.
- technical competence with respect to the selection and use of appropriate instrumentation to address biological questions.