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 digested the information from the Assemblies and created draft learning outcomes which were then made available on this website for campus comments. The comments were taken into consideration by both the General Education Board and the Council for Learning Outcomes Assessment, resulting in the revised draft learning outcomes for Life Sciences listed below.
After taking a course in Life Sciences, students will be able to:
- Fundamentals: Explain fundamental biological concepts (i.e. genetics, speciation, evolution, growth and differentiation, metabolism and bio-energetics, ecology, and behavior). (C-SLO 1)
- Context: Describe how paradigms of biology relate to society, policy, and their own lives. (C-SLOs 4 & 5)
- Data Literacy: Interpret data, such as graphs, charts, and maps. (C-SLO 1)
- Research Inquiry: Explain and apply the methodologies of scientific inquiry such as identifying problems, making observations, gathering and analyzing data, proposing and testing hypotheses, and drawing conclusions. (C-SLOs 1 & 2)