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Biology (B.S)

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. Apply ethical practices and behavior in all aspects of biological scientific endeavors.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through:

  • Exams, laboratory assignments, projects and presentations completed in one or more of the following courses: BSC 1010 General Biology with Lab I, BSC 1011 General Biology with Lab II, PCB 3063 Genetics, and PCB 3023 Cell Biology as well as PCB 3043 General Ecology, PCB 3673 Evolutionary Biology, or ZOO 3713 Vertebrate Form and Function.
  • Laboratory or field studies and techniques completed in the following required course: BSC 4910 Senior Project - Research in Biology.
Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to: 

  1. Effectively communicate using appropriate scientific terminology as individuals and as team members by listening, speaking, and writing.
  2. Approach and solve biological problems by using appropriate scientific literature including organizing, evaluating and synthesizing information.
  3. Employ the conventions of standard written English appropriate for a scientific audience.
  4. Select and develop a scientific topic that is appropriate for a scientific audience.
  5. Select, organize, and relate scientific ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity.

Communication Skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through:

  • Written proposal and application of technical aspects of research or field studies completed in the following course: ISC 3120 Scientific Process.
  • Written or oral research presentations completed in the following course: BSC 4911 Senior Project - Presentation in Biology.
Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Engage in the scientific process to form hypothesis, synthesize scientific information, gather and analyze data, apply statistical techniques.
  2. Approach and solve biological problems by engaging effective critical thinking skills in both individual and group settings.
  3. Identify scientific, qualitative, and quantitative assumptions and underlying relationships.
  4. Synthesize scientific information, and draw scientifically valid inferences.

Critical Thinking Skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through:

  • Laboratory or field studies and techniques completed in the following required course: BSC 4910 Senior Project Research in Biology.
  • Written proposal and application of technical aspects of research or field studies completed in the following course: ISC 3120 Scientific Process.
  • Written or oral research presentations completed in the following course: BSC 4911 Senior Project - Presentation in Biology.