Program Outcomes


Students majoring in Marine 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 marine 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 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.

Ability to utilize mathematical reasoning and quantitative skills in marine 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 marine biologically related fields.

  • Obtains acceptance into graduate/professional schools or employment in the field.