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Biology

Program Goals and Mission Statement

  1. Prepare Biology majors and other life science students for success in graduate school, professional school, or a career in their chosen field by providing them with a comprehensive background in the life sciences and skills valuable in the modern workplace.
  2. Engage all of our students in the methods and practice of 21st century life science, emphasizing the importance of basic research for the advancement of knowledge and the role of ethical principles in the practice of science.
  3. Foster a community of student and faculty scholars among all of the life science disciplines.

 

Learning Objectives

The Biology faculty unanimously adopted the learning outcomes from the Vision and Change Report (from the American Association for the Advancement of Science-AAAS and the National Science Foundation-NSF link) in September of 2016.  Our former goals could not be easily assessed and faculty did not find it easy to align their courses within them.  Note that for each core concept, we have adopted a minimum cognitive level of “apply” (Bloom’s taxonomy-ref).  Skills are listed as program level goals in service of core concepts.

Students who complete a degree in Biology from Santa Clara University will be able to:

  1. APPLY their knowledge of the core concepts in EVOLUTION to novel situations.
  2. APPLY their knowledge of the core concepts in STRUCTURE/FUNCTION to novel situations
  3. APPLY their knowledge of the core concepts in FLOW OF INFORMATION to novel situations
  4. APPLY their knowledge of the core concepts in TRANSFORMATION OF ENERGY AND MATTER to novel situations
  5. APPLY their knowledge of the core concepts in SYSTEMS to novel situations

Students who complete a degree in Biology from Santa Clara University will be able to:

  1. Use their skills in SCIENCE AS A PROCESS to apply their knowledge of core concepts
  2. Use their skills in QUANTITATIVE REASONING to apply their knowledge of core concepts
  3. Use their skills in COMMUNICATION (ORAL AND WRITTEN) to apply their knowledge of core concepts
  4. Use their skills in INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION to apply their knowledge of core concepts
  5. Use their skills in MODELING AND SIMULATION to apply their knowledge of core concepts
  6. Use their skills in IMPACT OF SCIENCE ON SOCIETY to apply their knowledge of core concepts