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Biomedical Sciences

Program Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree endeavors to provide an education for students in biological principles and instill an understanding and appreciation of science, while developing writing, math, analytical reasoning, and critical thinking skills within the context of the biomedical sciences. The degree program provides individualized attention to students interested in careers grounded in the biomedical sciences and encourages active engagement in scholarly pursuits and dissemination of knowledge as the fundamental goals of all educational pursuits.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

Content/Discipline-Specific Knowledge/Skills

  • knowledge of the fundamental principles that underlay the biological sciences.
  • knowledge and ability to perform laboratory skills associated with biological studies

Communication Skills

  • the ability to effectively communicate scientific information and properly present scientific data in both written and oral formats.

Critical Thinking Skills

  • the ability to locate, evaluate, and synthesize peer-reviewed scientific literature.
  • the ability to understand the scientific method and design and implement scientific experiments.

Assessment Approaches

Students are continually assessed in introductory and core courses as to their skills in communication, mastery of content, quantitative and laboratory techniques, and critical thinking.  Improvement is expected within each course and throughout the student’s tenure in the department.   Samples of these assessments are taken periodically for formative feedback and summative reporting.  These samples include administration of an entrance exam in an introductory course and an exit exam in a senior capstone course.  Student progress in developing technical laboratory skills is assessed in the final introductory course.   Ongoing assessment for the following are performed in core lab courses: technical skills, data presentation and interpretation skills, quantitative skills, and study design skills.  A final assessment of both written and oral communication skills is provided by faculty evaluation of student final papers and oral presentations in the capstone course.