- To provide a comprehensive education in biology that stresses scientific reasoning and problem solving across the spectrum of disciplines within biology
- To prepare students for a wide variety of post-baccalaureate paths, including graduate school, professional training programs, or entry level jobs in any area of biology
- To provide extensive hands-on training in electronic technology, statistical analysis, laboratory skills, and field techniques
- To provide thorough training in written and oral communication of scientific information
- To enrich students with opportunities for alternative education in the area of biology through undergraduate research, internships, and study-abroad
- The student will be able to read, understand, and critically interpret the primary biological literature in his/her area of interest.
- The student will be able to design, conduct, analyze, and communicate (in writing and orally) biological research.
- The student will recognize and be able to apply basic ethical principles to basic and applied biological/biomedical practice and will understand the role of biological/biomedical science, scientists, and practitioners in society.
- The student will be able to explain the process of organic evolution and its underlying principles and mechanisms.
- The student will be able to explain the fundamental biological processes of metabolism, homeostasis, reproduction, development, and genetics, and the relationships between form and function of biological structures at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population, and ecosystem levels of the biological hierarchy.
- The student will be able to explain the importance of biodiversity at the genetic, organismal, community, and global scales.