“Honors for me was a really wonderful program because it was conversation-based, which made us think about things that we wouldn't necessarily think about in other traditional academic settings. Learning about other people and the way they view the world is a really great thing and was also relevant to my major due to psychology's relation to the mind and mental processes.”
Jessica Lorento '16
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the Biology Major
1. Students will be able to explain the basic concepts of biology.
a. Knowledge of cell structure and function understanding the metabolic processes of cells in terms of cellular organelles, membranes, and biological molecules
b. Knowledge of the diversity and similarity of living organisms at organization levels ranging from molecules to the community
c. Knowledge of the nature and function of genes and processes of inheritance and natural selection as they influence the characteristics of population and species
d. Knowledge of ecology
2. Students will learn a variety of skills necessary to function as a biologist in the workplace or as a candidate for an advanced degree.
a. Ability to design experiments with appropriate controls and to conduct original research.
b. Ability to use specific laboratory tools and techniques (e.g. effective use of microscopes and lab instruments, handling of microorganisms, making up solutions).
c. Ability to apply mathematical or statistical approaches to understanding biological information.
3. Students will develop scientific critical thinking skills
a. Ability to assess the appropriateness of experimental designs and significance or relevance of data.
b. Ability to think critically in reading and analyzing biological information in both mass media and research journal articles.
4. Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate, verbally and in writing, knowledge of biology, biological methods, and biological issues in context
5. Students will develop an awareness of the impact that biology has had on society at large as well as the interactions of biology with other disciplines such as psychology and sociology (with which interdisciplinary courses are offered), and art and history.