Jun 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Biology, B.S.

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The Bachelors of Science in Biology will develop attributes of life-long learning through the “doing” of science. The proposed courses for this major demonstrate a unique combination of biology, chemistry, physics and social sciences that will be augmented by scientific writing, leadership, communication, and professional development. These skills and disciplines are nested in an environment of inquiry based learning.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Use inquiry-based learning consistently to nurture creativity, innovation, and best practices.
  2. Approach problems consistently with open-minded approaches to yield productive and effective solutions.
  3. Develop skills to courageously confront complex issues alongside the realization of the fleeting nature of precise answers.
  4. Tackle authentic, poorly formed challenges to transform large-scale problems into local projects.
  5. Accept peer review with an attitude of openness and understanding.
  6. Practice professional engagement in discourse with honesty that promotes trust based on candid, encompassing, and inclusive dialogue.
  7. Connect with diverse audiences, communicating clearly and concisely.
  8. Develop true self-awareness that manifests efficient and effective action with humble confidence.
  9. Respect themselves, the environment, and collaborators in the present and throughout the future.

These learning outcomes are designed to immediately bring Freshman students into the work of scientists, and this approach leverages student excitement and motivation to positively impact student retention and success. 

General Education Core

***Please note, if courses are duplicated between general education and the major, approved electives increase by the number of credits duplicated.***

How to Communicate

Choose one course (at least 3 credits) from each building block:

How to Analyze

Choose one course (at least 3 credits) from each building block:

Qualitative Analysis

Total Credits Required: 9

How to Lead

Choose one course (at least 3 credits) from each building block:

Global Issues Problem Solving Seminar

Total Credits Required: 3

Total Credits Required: 30

Choose one of the following Biology research groups (12 credits):

Total Credits Required: 82

Approved Electives: 9 Credits

Preparatory Core 3

Total Credits Required: 121

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