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Department of Biological Sciences


Advisement is the process by which students will be provided course recommendations and curricular advise that will help them stay on track for timely graduation. Formal advisement occurs once each semester in preparation for the suceeding semester; however, students are encouraged to seek the advice of their faculty advisor any time during the academic year.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete a degree in Biological Sciences will successfully be able to:

  • demonstrate a solid base of knowledge in Biology. Subjects such as cell and molecular biology, genetics, ecology and evolution, plant biology, and physiology are all crucial subject areas that will be mastered
  • analyze qualitative and quantitative data, assess validity of work and identify gaps in knowledge, and evaluate the results of analyses and experiments and decide on next steps
  • identify assumptions, create and evaluate hypotheses, and design relevant experiments
  • be trained to locate sources of information and to evaluate the quality of the information needed to make decisions.  Students will be trained to critically read and discuss primary literature and evaluate its validity (on an appropriate level)
  • demonstrate the ability to learn independently and then share that knowledge with others as well as to work collaboratively


Potential students may find the following documents helpful while deciding whether a Biological Sciences major is the appropriate choice for their personal academic and profession development:

Curriculum Checklist [PDF]
Biological Sciences Program of Study [PDF]
Biological Sciences Major Map [PDF]

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