Student Outcomes

Students who complete degree programs in the Plymouth State University Department of Biological Sciences will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the scientific method as the means to increase understanding of the natural world through hypothesis-testing. Our BS programs require more background in chemistry and physics in support of this outcome, while our BA program allows for greater breadth.
  2. An aptitude for critically reading scientific literature, including primary research journals.
  3. Proficiency in writing, especially in scientific format.
  4. An ability to present scientific information orally with emphasis on clear interpretation of scientific data.
  5. Proficiency in techniques specific to a subdiscipline of biology, including but not limited to laboratory, field, and statistical techniques.
  6. An understanding of the critical issues facing the environment at local, regional, national, and global scales.
  7. Biological literacy allowing for the evaluation of new information and emerging issues.
  8. Readiness for post-graduate experiences in graduate school, professional school, or biology employment.