Program Mission

The Bachelor of Science program in Biology-Health Sciences prepares undergraduate students for professional and graduate schools in the medical sciences (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary sciences, physical therapy, physician assistant, etc.).

Program Educational Objectives

  • Provide an integrated foundation of knowledge in biological disciplines that includes morphological, cellular, molecular, physiological, developmental, and evolutionary principles.
  • Train students to utilize the scientific method and develop skills in analysis, evaluation, and critical thinking. (as well as communication, team-building, and professionalism – may be added following more discussion).
  • 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), Dental School Admissions Test (DAT), and similar examinations, or qualify them for entry level positions in biology and health-related occupations.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate scientific knowledge and understanding.
  2. Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the natural sciences (e.g., terminology, organization, classifications, appropriate use of units, methodologies, and fundamental principles).
  3. Apply scientific principles to biological and medical examples/contexts.
  4. Be proficient in scientific reasoning and critical thinking. 
  5. Analyze data to determine its relationship to principles, and evaluate the data for errors. 
  6. Analyze and evaluate content in biology. 
  7. Be able to effectively find and use resources from the literature.
  8. Demonstrate effective oral, written and visual communication. 
  9. Demonstrate mathematical knowledge and skills in the biological sciences.

Summary of Program Student Learning Outcomes

The Natural Sciences faculty formally assess the student learning outcomes summarized in the annual program assessment report. Additional details can be found in department assessment records.

Program Curriculum Map

The curriculum map for the Biology-Health Sciences program can be found on the catalog web page on the Oregon Tech website,


Dr. Travis Lund
Travis Lund
Associate Professor

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