Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

General Education

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and the ability to use appropriate models to solve problems.
  • Apply the knowledge of biological science to distinguish between observations, inferences, relationships, and testimonials under investigation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use scientific knowledge to assess personal and environmental health.
  • Use the scientific knowledge and skills necessary for active citizenship.


  • Discuss and understand one area of biological science (e.g., marine mammals; emerging infectious disease)


  • Demonstrate understanding of how the major groups of living organisms are related to each other and of their adaptations for survival.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts in cell biology, and the experimental approaches taken to address them.
  • Write clear and well-argued descriptions of topics in biological sciences, based on the course material and articles.
  • Master laboratory techniques including microscopy, spectrophotometry, gel electrophoresis, and PCR.
  • Design, perform and analyze experiments in biology.
  • Continue with upper division coursework in Biology.

Allied Health

  • Use aseptic technique in clinical and laboratory environments.
  • Discuss and understand the role of microorganisms in healthy individuals and in infectious diseases.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the structure of the human body.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the functions of the organ systems of the human body.
  • Apply the concept of homeostasis to basic principles in medicine.
  • Discuss and understand the principles of cellular metabolism, molecular genetics, and immunology.