Biology Program Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, students will be able to…

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge

  • Explain the chemical and physical underpinnings of life;
  • Explain and integrate the key concepts of living systems such as biological diversity and its evolution, cellular organization, transmission of biological information, structure-function relationships, and functioning of ecological systems;
  • Apply the scientific method including formulating a hypothesis, designing studies, and drawing conclusions.

Knowledge of methodologies

  • Demonstrate a set of core field and laboratory-based observations, measurements and sampling techniques;
  • Identify and depict patterns in biological data;
  • Acquire, process and analyze data using appropriate bibliographic, mathematical and statistical techniques.

Application of knowledge

  • Acquire and collate the information and data relevant to a given biological question and objectively interpret them to draw an informed conclusion;
  • Use key concepts and methodologies in applied situations ranging from advanced laboratory and field courses to work and research settings.

Communication skills

  • Develop and defend logical, coherent arguments;
  • Disseminate biological information in written and oral format to scientific and non-scientific audiences.

Awareness of limits of knowledge

  • Evaluate recent advances in biological knowledge and recognize the limits of the scientific process.

Autonomy and professional capacity

  • Demonstrate professional work habits and ethical conduct when working individually or as part of a team.
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