Biology and Health Sciences Department

Biology and Health Sciences Department Learning Goals


Biology Majors


In order to develop into well-versed biologists and to be prepared for future education in graduate and professional schools or careers in the life sciences, Biology majors will be able to:

  • Describe, interpret, and integrate the fundamental principles and theories that underlie our understanding of the living world, and the empirical evidence that supports that understanding.
  • Explain the process of science, evaluate and critique its products, and implement it to develop hypotheses and models for experimentation in the context of biology.
  • Produce and deliver clear and effective oral and written communications of biological concepts and discoveries to a variety of audiences.
  • Discuss and investigate how fields of biology are interconnected and engage with other scientific disciplines, including the growing role of interdisciplinarity in scientific research.
  • Relate skills and knowledge of biology to the liberal arts and broader society. 

    Health Science Majors



  • Content Knowledge – Students will demonstrate knowledge of chemical, biological, and physiological concepts necessary for entrance into a health science field. 
    Communication – Students will apply knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques in their field.
  • Reflection and Critical Thinking – Students will demonstrate reflection and critical thinking in order to refine professional practice. 
  • Practical Experience – Students will gain practical experience in the application of their allied health field.
  • Professionalism and Ethics – Students will demonstrate professional behaviors, including commitment to excellence, valuing diversity and collaboration, service to others, and techniques for lifelong learning. 
  • Value Physical Activity, Health and Fitness – Students will articulate a philosophy that physical activity programs are important to health and well being of individuals, and that physical activity can foster self-expression, development, and learning