The Biology Department has identified the following learning outcomes that students should attain following completion of the Bachelor of Arts degree:

Student Learning Outcomes for the Biology Major

  1. Understanding of the basic concepts and principles relevant to the levels of biological organization from molecules to ecosystems, and the forces of evolution that shape them.
  2. Advanced knowledge in a specialized area of biology through study and hands-on laboratory/field-based research.
  3. Knowledge of the chemical, physical, mathematical, and statistical concepts underpinning many biological concepts.
  4. Investigative research skills to comprehend natural phenomena and solve contemporary biology-related problems.
  5. Communication skills to effectively explain scientific data and ideas orally and in writing to specialists and the general public.
  6. Experience in and understanding the value of collaborative research in the sciences.
  7. Knowledge and appreciation of the diverse social, ethical and historical impacts of biology.
Willamette University

Biology Department

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-375-5425 fax

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