The Bachelor of Science Program in Biology prepares undergraduate students for professional and graduate work in the biological and health sciences. The curriculum in biology includes didactic, laboratory and field experiences in anatomy, physiology, ecology, microbiology, zoology, botany, genetics, biochemistry, evolution, and applied biology. It is designed for students wishing to apply to graduate programs in biology, to professional schools in the medical sciences (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary sciences, physical therapy, clinical laboratory sciences, etc.), those seeking careers in the applied biological sciences, and those wishing to pursue graduate teaching credentials with a specialty in biology. Students may also gain experience by participating in special field courses and undergraduate research opportunities at the Yamsi Ranch in Sprague River and at Crater Lake National Park.
Provide an integrated foundation of knowledge in biological disciplines that includes morphological, cellular, molecular, physiological, developmental, ecological, and evolutionary principles.
Present information on the life sciences that utilize the scientific method and emphasizing skills in analysis, evaluation, and critical thinking.
Prepare students for entrance into graduate schools and professional health schools, including preparation for national admissions examinations, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and similar examinations.
Provide students with practical skills that can qualify them for entry level positions in applied biology occupations, such as wildlife conservation, forest ranger, and environmental consulting.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes
Students will demonstrate scientific knowledge and skills in scientific reasoning.
Students will be able to apply scientific principles to biology based problems.
Students will be able to effectively find and use resources from the literature.
Students will demonstrate effective oral, written and visual communication.
Biology students will demonstrate mathematical knowledge and skills in the biological sciences.
The Biology program curriculum map can be found on the program's web page on the Oregon Tech web site.
Summary of Student Learning Outcomes
During the 2011-12 academic year, the Biology faculty formally assessed the student learning outcomes summarized in the attached annual report. Additional details can be found in department assessment records.