Bachelor in Biology

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Program Description

The bachelor degree programs in biology provide a sound liberal arts education with substantial experience in quantitative and analytical thought, along with preparation for related professions. Our entire core (required) courses include a recitation, a laboratory, or both and we require additional laboratory experience beyond the core.

Through the requirements outlined above, the Department provides the strong background necessary not only for graduate study in the Life Sciences, but also enables students to develop careers in a wide variety of disciplines, including secondary school teaching, environmental management, microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology, genetics, wildlife management, fisheries biology, and marine science. Furthermore, our curriculum prepares a student for careers in the Health Sciences including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and related allied health disciplines. The BS degree in Medical Laboratory Science prepares students for careers in doctor’s offices, and hospitals, as well as in biotechnology and industrial laboratories. Individuals with the MLAB degree often move into research and administrative positions later in their careers.

Program Goals

A. Knowledge of biology

Students will develop a broad understanding of the factual and theoretical basis of biology, biological diversity and evolution at the molecular, cellular, organism, and population levels.

B. Knowledge of field and laboratory technologies

Students will be familiar with the use of laboratory and field technologies used in biology today and have experience with a meaningful subset of these.

C. Knowledge of the scientific method

Students will understand and effectively use the scientific method to develop testable hypotheses and be able to design experiments to test those hypotheses utilizing appropriate technology. Students will be able to analyze data with the effective use of statistical methods in order to reach valid conclusions.

D. Written communication

Graduates of our programs will be scientifically literate citizens. They will be able to read and assess scientific literature, making appropriate inferences and deductions from biological information. They will be able to organize and evaluate biological information and present it clearly in a written and oral form allowing them to interact with the larger community in discussions of the economic and social implications of biological facts and theories and to promote responsible public decisions using this information.

Student Learning Outcomes

PROGRAM GOAL A – Knowledge of biology

Student Learning Outcome A1:

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the molecular pathways utilized by biological systems.

Student Learning Outcome A2:

Students will demonstrate proficiency in using basic principles of heredity to predict patterns of inheritance of genetic traits as well as an understanding of the basic principles of speciation and evolution.

Student Learning Outcome A3:

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cellular structure of all 3 domains of life (Achaea, Bacteria, Eukarya) as well as the unique characteristics of viruses and eukaryotic kingdoms.

Student Learn Outcome A4:

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between an organism and its biological environment.

PROGRAM GOAL B – Knowledge of field and laboratory technologies

Student Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate the ability to perform field sample analysis and use modern methods and equipment for analysis of organisms at the molecular, cellular, and tissue levels of the organization.

PROGRAM GOAL C – Knowledge of the scientific method

Student Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate a high level of proficiency in developing hypotheses, using statistical methods, and interpreting results.

PROGRAM GOAL D – Written communication

Student Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate the ability to locate and utilize appropriate bibliographic resources and demonstrate the ability to organize, interpret, and present such information clearly.

Last updated November 2019

About the School

Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmar ... Read More

Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of areas of study. Read less
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