Program Outcomes

Students majoring in Marine Biology develop the following skills and abilities:

  1. 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.
  2. Ability to research a marine biological topic using traditional and computer technology.
    • Provides a thorough and relevant literature review.
    • Considers alternate ways to approach the questions.
  3. Ability to read and evaluate professional scientific literature.
    • Demonstrates understanding of the relationship between experiment and theory.
  4. Ability to write and communicate science.
    • Writing enhances the presentation.
    • Writing is consistently well written.
    • Writing communicates clearly using the language of marine 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.
  5. Ability to utilize mathematical reasoning and quantitative skills in marine biology.
    • Analyzes data via graphs, statistics and curve fitting as appropriate.
  6. 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.
  7. Possess major field knowledge.
    • Identifies an appropriate question by using prior knowledge.
  8. Ability to successfully compete in marine biologically related fields.
    • Obtains acceptance into graduate/professional schools or employment in the field.