Program Outcomes

Learning outcomes for MS in Biology
  1. Ability to apply the scientific method
  2. Ability to research a biological topic using traditional and computer technology
  3. Ability to read and critically evaluate professional scientific literature
  4. Ability to write and communicate science that is of publishing quality
  5. Ability to utilize statistics in biology
  6. Possess quantitative observational and technical skills
  7. Possess major field knowledge
  8. Ability to successfully compete in biologically related fields for employment
Learning objectives for MS in Biology
  1. A. Clearly identifies a hypothesis.
    B. Identifies not only the basics of the issue, but recognizes the nuances of the issue.
  2. A. Provides a thorough and relevant literature review in a library and online.
    B. Considers alternate ways to approach the questions.
  3. Demonstrates understanding of the relationship between experiment and theory.
  4. A. Writing enhances the presentation.
    B. Writing is consistently well written and publishable.
    C. Writing communicates clearly using the language of biology.
    D. Writing displays an excellent command of writing mechanics.
    E. Topics are clearly organized.
    F. Topics are covered in-depth.
    G. Topics display an abundance of original ideas.
    H. APA style is used consistently and accurately without any errors.
  5. Analyzes data via correlations, p values, and alpha levels.
  6. A. Carries out controlled experiments using the proper equipment and safety measurements.
    B. Identifies relevant constraints and considers them when making conclusions.
    C. Collects enough data to be statistically relevant.
    D. Uses initial data to refine the experiment.
  7. Identifies an appropriate question by using prior knowledge.
  8. Obtains acceptance into graduate/professional schools or employment in the field.