Life Sciences

Life Sciences Learning Outcomes

During the Spring 2019 General Education Assemblies for Learning Outcomes, faculty groups began to develop learning outcomes for the Life Sciences Requirement. Then, smaller Working Groups from these Assemblies along with students and advisors worked together to digest the information from the larger group and to create draft learning outcomes for Life Sciences (see below).

We invite feedback from the campus community on these outcomes.

After taking a course in Life Sciences, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the components of scientific literacy and the process of scientific inquiry. (C-SLO 2)
  2. Communicate complex scientific information. (C-SLO 1)
  3. Apply simple predictive models to biological phenomena. (C-SLO 2)
  4. Understand how paradigms of biology relate to society and policy and their own lives. (C-SLO 4 & 5)
  5. Critically evaluate science-related news and information for their credibility and validity. (C-SLO 2)
  6. Apply critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills to solve problems. (C-SLO 1)
  7. Possess a general working knowledge of fundamental biological concepts (C-SLO 1)
  8. Recognize that biology is a dynamic, collaborative, and inter-disciplinary field. (C-SLOs 3, 4, & 5)