Student Learning Outcomes

There are five major student learning outcomes associated with this degree program. These student learning outcomes are very closely tied to the core concepts and core competencies presented in the final report of the AAAS Vision and Change Initiative.

Core knowledge

  • an understanding of the fundamentals of physics, chemistry and biology and how it impacts the environment
  • an understanding of the key principles of biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology and their application to human health
  • awareness of the major issues at the forefront of these disciplines
  • awareness of societal and ethical issues in the biomedical sciences.

Applying the process of science

  • the ability to dissect a problem into its key features by thinking in an integrated manner and to look at problems from different perspectives
  • the ability to generate hypotheses, design experiments, observe nature, test hypotheses
  • the ability to understand the limitations of the experimental approach

Quantitative reasoning

  • the ability to analyze experimental data and interpret the results
  • the ability to apply mathematical approaches to examine biological systems

Laboratory skills

  • the ability to work safely and effectively in the laboratory
  • the ability to troubleshoot and optimize methods
  • the ability to collaborate with other researchers

Literature and communication skills

  • the ability to assess primary papers critically
  • the ability to use oral, written and visual presentations to present their work to both science and general audience