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Biology Department - Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)


  Biology Program


  • 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 
SLO’s


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 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.