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Biology Department - Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)


Biology Program SLOs                             


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic theories of biology.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of and an ability to apply and effectively communicate the scientific method.


 

Biology Course SLOs                            

Biology 109 – Fundamentals of Biology

  • Identify and explain the definitive characteristics of living organisms in a clear and concise manner. 
  • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of evolution and its relationship to the unity and diversity of living organisms. 

Biology 109H – Fundamentals of Biology Honor
 
  • Identify and explain the definitive characteristics of living organisms in a clear and concise manner.
  • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of evolution and its relationship to the unity and diversity of living organisms.


 

Biology 109L – Fundamentals of Biology Laboratory
  • Employ (Apply) the steps of the scientific method to conduct laboratory investigations.
  • Conduct laboratory investigations according to given experimental procedure, collect and analyze resulting experimental data, and formulate valid conclusions based  on the results.


 

Biology 139 – Health Microbiology

  • Demonstrate a coherent (cohesive) understanding of human-microbe interactions, the medical impact of these interactions, and the commercial applications.
  • Employ (Apply) the principles of the scientific method to both laboratory and conventional investigations.
  • Conduct laboratory investigations according to given experimental procedure, collect and analyze resulting experimental data, and formulate valid conclusions based on the results.


 

Biology 149 – Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Appropriately apply anatomical and directional terminology commonly used in the medical profession to body structures.
  • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the relationship between tissues, organs, and organ systems from a structural and functional perspective.
  • Properly utilize and care for laboratory equipment following conventional procedures.


 

Biology 177 – Human Genetics

  • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the basic concepts in human genetics and the processes by which traits are transmitted.
  • Employ Punnett Squares and pedigree charts to analyze and express transmission modes and probabilities.


 

Biology 190 - Introduction to Biotechnology

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental biotechnology concepts that include basic molecular biology, industrial applications, a brief history of the field, and ethical considerations.
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in the techniques used for scientific communication.


 

Biology 191 - Biotechnology A: Basic Lab Skills

  • Demonstrate a proficiency in the techniques used for scientific analysis, documentation and communication in a laboratory and industrial setting.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of fundamental biotechnology techniques and it's basic molecular biology industrial applications and ethical considerations.


 

Biology 192 - Biotechnology B: Proteins

  • Students will be able to write and follow standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Students will demonstrate how to obtain a purified sample of a genetically engineered protein.


 

Biology 193 - Biotechnology C: Nucleic Acids

  • Students will be able to maintain an industry standard notebook.
  • Students will illustrate how to subclone a gene into a cloning vector.


 

Biology 194 - Quality and Regulatory Compliance in Biosciences

  • Exhibit knowledge of regulatory compliance in the bioscience industry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of quality assurance in the bioscience industry.


 

Biology 196 - Food Safety and Microbiology

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of regulations that apply to food production.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of food contaminants and resulting illnesses associated with their ingestion.


 

Biology 197 - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Internship

  • Students will acquire the necessary knowledge to select and develop Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) careers.
  • Students will develop skills necessary to select and develop Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) careers.


 

Biology 200 – Environment of Man
  • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the relationship between ecosystems, populations and pollutants.
  • Express a fundamental comprehension of ecological principles by citing examples. 


 

Biology 211 – Cellular and Molecular Biology


 

  • Express a coherent understanding of fundamental biological concepts that include cell structure, energy, cell reproduction, and genetics.
  • Employ the principles of the scientific method to investigate both laboratory and ordinary situations.
  • Conduct laboratory investigations according to given experimental procedure, collect and analyze resulting experimental data, and formulate valid conclusions based on the results.


 

Biology 212 – Animal Diversity and Ecology

  • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the relationship between animal diversity, form and function, habitat, and life style.
  • Express a fundamental comprehension of ecological principles by citing examples. 
    • Conduct laboratory investigations according to given experimental procedure, collect and analyze resulting experimental data, and formulate valid conclusions based on the results.


     

    Biology 214 - Plant Diversity and Evolution

     

    • Demonstrate a coherent (cohesive) understanding of the relationship between plant diversity, form and function, habitat, and life style.
    • Express (Demonstrate) a fundamental comprehension (coherent understanding) of the process of evolution and its relationship to biodiversity. 
    • Conduct laboratory investigations according to given experimental procedure, collect and analyze resulting experimental data, and formulate valid conclusions based on the results.


     

    Biology 229 – General Microbiology

    • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the diversity of microorganisms and their role in the biosphere.
    • Employ the principles of the scientific method to both laboratory and conventional investigations. 
    • Conduct laboratory investigations according to given experimental procedure, collect and analyze resulting experimental data, and formulate valid conclusions based on the results.


     

    Biology 239 – Human Anatomy

     

    • Appropriately apply anatomical and directional terminology commonly used in the medical profession to body structures.
    • Identify anatomical features of the body on a microscopic and/or gross level and indicate the proper location of each.
    • Properly utilize and care for laboratory equipment following conventional procedures.


     

    Biology 249 – Human Physiology

     

    • Illustrate a fundamental understanding of basic cellular chemistry and its role in homeostasis. 
    • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the relationship between tissues, organs, and organ systems from a structural and functional perspective.
    • Conduct laboratory investigations according to given experimental procedure, collect and analyze resulting experimental data, and formulate valid conclusions based on the results.


     

    Biology 259 – Environmental Biology

     

    • Demonstrate a cohesive understanding of the relationship between ecosystems, populations and pollutants.
    • Express a fundamental comprehension of ecological principles by citing examples. 
    • Conduct laboratory investigations according to given experimental procedure, collect and analyze resulting experimental data, and formulate valid conclusions based on the results.


     

    Environmental Studies 200 – Environment of Man

    • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the relationship between ecosystems, populations and pollutants.
    • Express a fundamental comprehension of ecological principles by citing examples. 


     

    Environmental Studies 259 – Environmental Biology

     

    • Demonstrate a cohesive understanding of the relationship between ecosystems, populations and pollutants.
    • Express a fundamental comprehension of ecological principles by citing examples. 
    • Conduct laboratory investigations according to given experimental procedure, collect and analyze resulting experimental data, and formulate valid conclusions based on the results.