Students majoring in Biology develop the following skills and abilities:
Ability to use the scientific method and understand its strengths and weaknesses.
- Clearly states a hypothesis.
- Identifies not only the basics of the issue, but recognizes the nuances of the issue.
Ability to research a biological topic using traditional and computer technology.
- Provides a thorough and relevant literature review.
- Considers alternate ways to approach the questions.
Ability to read and evaluate professional scientific literature.
- Demonstrates understanding of the relationship between experiment and theory.
Ability to write and communicate science.
- Writing enhances the presentation.
- Writing is consistently well written.
- Writing communicates clearly using the language of biology.
- Writing displays an excellent command of writing mechanics.
- Topics are clearly organized.
- Topics are covered in-depth.
- Topics display an abundance of original ideas.
- APA style is used consistently and accurately without any errors.
Ability to utilize mathematical reasoning and quantitative skills in biology.
- Analyzes data via graphs, statistics and curve fitting as appropriate.
Possess observational and technical skills.
- Carries out controlled experiments using the proper equipment and safety measurements.
- Identifies relevant constraints.
- Collects data carefully and with appropriate precision.
- Uses initial data to refine the experiment.
Possess major field knowledge.
- Identifies an appropriate question by using prior knowledge.
Ability to successfully compete in biologically related fields.
- Obtains acceptance into graduate/professional schools or employment in the field.