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Biology (B.A.)

Learning Outcomes

 
 

Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of biological systems from the molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecosystem perspectives.
  2. Engage in the scientific process to form hypotheses, synthesize scientific information, gather and analyze data, and conduct appropriate statistical analyses.
  3. Effectively communicate using appropriate scientific terminology as individuals and as team members by listening, speaking, and writing.
  4. Apply ethical practices and behavior in all aspects of biological scientific endeavors.
  5. Approach and solve biological problems by using appropriate scientific literature, organizing and evaluating information, and engaging effective critical thinking skills in both individual and group settings.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through written proposals and oral presentations completed in the required Scientific Process course (ISC 3120).

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ the conventions of standard written English.
  2. Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect for diverse perspectives.
  3. Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity.

Communication skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed in ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Select and organize information.
  2. Identify assumptions and underlying relationships.
  3. Synthesize information, and draw reasoned inferences.
  4. Formulate an appropriate problem solving strategy.
  5. Evaluate the feasibility of the strategy.

Critical thinking skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed in ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts.