OUTCOMES FOR THE
BIOLOGY MAJOR



The following outcomes represent expectations for students majoring in Biology:

  • Accurately interpret the biological basis of phenomena and show the limitations of scientific analysis.
  • Demonstrate proficient library, mathematical and computer skills in data gathering.
  • Design, conduct, and communicate biological experiments.
  • Apply concepts of biology to environmental and societal issues.
  • Work as a professional in the community.
  • Alverno's 8 Abilities for All Students

    Communication
    The skilled communicator habitually makes meaning by connecting with everything involved in communication: people, ideas, texts, media and technology.

    Analysis
    The competent analyzer is a clear thinker. She fuses experience, reason and training into considered judgement.

    Problem Solving
    The competent problem solver defines problems and integrates a range of abilities and resources to reach decisions, make recommendations or implement action plans.

    Valuing in Decision-Making
    The responsible decision maker is reflective and empathic in approaching the value issues in her life. She habitually seeks to understand the moral dimensions of her decisions and accepts responsibility for the consequences of actions taken in all facets of her life.

    Social Interaction
    The competent interactor knows how to get things done in committees, task forces, team projects and other group efforts. She elicits the views of others and helps reach conclusions.

    Global Perspectives
    A person with good global awareness takes multiple perspectives and articulates interconnections between and among diverse opinions, ideas, and beliefs about global issues.

    Effective Citizenship
    The effective citizen makes informed choices and develops strategies for collaborative involvement in community issues.

    Aesthetic Responsiveness
    The aesthetically responsive person articulates informed responses to artistic works which are grounded in knowledge of theoretical, historical and cultural contexts.


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    Last update: 5/09 by Rebecca Burton, Dept. of Biology, Alverno College.