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Major in Biology

The Biology Major is a structured curriculum that allows students to enroll in a variety of courses emphasizing specific areas of life sciences. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all biology courses and a satisfactory grade in all other courses required for the major.

Biology Program Mission

In support of the mission of Shaw University and the mission of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the mission of the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Biology is to teach high quality science courses, prepare students for entry in graduate or professional programs in the biological sciences through comprehensive course requirements and provide academic and professional enrichment for students who desire to pursue careers in the biological sciences.

Biology Program Goals

The goals of the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Biology are to:

  1. Produce graduates who will demonstrate a broad conceptual understanding of key biological principles as applicable in cell and molecular biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, organismal biology, biochemistry, physiology, and biotechnology
  2. Produce graduates who will be adequately prepared for entry into graduate or professional school or employment in biologically related fields
  3. Provide curricular and extracurricular activities to increase the number of majors and maintain student retention

Program Learning Outcomes 

The Biology Department will produce graduates who will demonstrate:

  1. a breadth of knowledge about the basic cores of biology
  2. the practice of biology through scientific inquiry
  3. the awareness of values and ethics related to the biological sciences

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 1.1 identify the relationship among structure, function, and processes at all biological levels (molecular, cellular, organismal, population, community, and ecosystem
  • 1.2 recognize the principles of biological classification to examine the diversity of life
  • 1.3 discover evolutionary relationships and ecological linkages of living organisms
  • 2.1 apply critical thinking and problem solving skills through the scientific method
  • 2.2 demonstrate proficiency in applying analytical techniques and technology
  • 2.3 effectively communicate biological concepts through writing, oral presentation, and art
  • 2.4 demonstrate the ability to successfully work collaboratively in a variety of scientific setting
  • 3.1 evaluate, formulate and defend positions on social, moral and ethical controversies involving biology 

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