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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Biology

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Heather L. McGuire, Chair and Pre-Health Professional Advisory Program Coordinator
James K. Dame
John J. Dilustro
Torrence A. Gill
Kyung-Hoon Lee
Amy R. Wethington, Comprehensive Science Education Coodinator

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Department of Biology is to provide a high quality educational experience to students that will enable them to make informed decisions about scientific issues, gain the necessary skills for continuing intellectual growth, and develop a desire for lifelong learning. Biology majors are provided with a basic foundation in the biological and physical sciences with a strong appreciation of research, the nature of living organisms, mechanisms of life functions, and the interactions of organisms with each other and their environment. Focused concentrations within the curriculum offer options of either specializing for immediate employment upon graduation, or preparing for post-graduation education. The program serves the University by supporting course work for other disciplines and the general education requirements. This mission is achieved by maintaining small class sizes, facilitating participatory learning, and encouraging students to work closely with faculty.

Educational Outcomes

  1. Biology graduates will have an understanding of fundamental biological concepts, theories, and phenomena.
  2. Biology graduates will understand the theory of, and be able to apply, the scientific method in a biology setting.
  3. Biology graduates will be competent in selected techniques and equipment commonly used in field and laboratory studies.
  4. Biology graduates will be proficient in analytical, critical, and creative thinking, and have proficiency in core communication skills.
  5. Biology graduates will be prepared for a variety of careers in the biological sciences or admission into graduate or professional programs.


    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceAssociate of Science
    MinorsPre-Professional Advisory ProgramsGraduate Secondary Education Programs



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