The field of biology encompasses living systems across several levels from molecular to ecological systems. In the biology major students will have the opportunity to explore the biological sciences across these levels. Students will gain an understanding of interactions between organisms and their environments (including especially biomedical and evolutionary perspectives). Ethical complexities of biological research are integrated throughout the curriculum. Pedagogically, emphasis is on lab-centered, hands-on learning rather than the traditional lecture format.
Laboratories are designed to include the latest computer technology and to allow collaborative experimental experiences. Instructors use active learning techniques to allow students to experience and understand biological principles. The biology major includes an emphasis on undergraduate research. Students will learn the process of science, and in doing so will learn how to learn. Students in the biology major will be prepared for entry-level positions and for graduate study in biological sciences, including the various biomedical fields (medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, anatomy, etc.).
Students in the biology major are expected to meet natural science student learning outcomes as well as student learning outcomes specific to the major. For example, students in the biology major are expected to demonstrate: