University of Southern Indiana

Program Objectives & Student Outcomes

1. Understand the conceptual foundations, the development of and the knowledge base of biology.

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the most important and fundamental theories and ideas in contemporary biology such as evolution, heredity, levels of organization, unity and diversity, structure and function.
  • Link key facts, research findings, and concepts to each other and to the physical, chemical, and biological environments of organisms.

2. Apply the Process of Science

Students will be able to:

  • Describe and practice the scientific methods of observation, experimentation, hypothesis formulation, and hypothesis testing.
  • Obtain and evaluate information and information resources.
  • Exhibit critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Distinguish between belief, opinion, fact, hypothesis and theory.
  • Apply quantitative skills such as estimation, graphing data, statistical analyses, and analysis of data sets.
  • Evaluate and summarize experimental evidence, using laboratory, quantitative, or computational skills.

3. Ability to utilize, communicate with, and collaborate with scientists and other disciplines.

Students will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of physical sciences and other disciplines to biological questions.
  • Communicate science in multiple forms, including written, oral, and electronic to diverse audiences.

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