BIOCHEMISTRY

By completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, students will be able to:

Demonstrate ability to communicate chemical and biochemical concepts in written and spoken formats
Think independently and critically about new and/or more intricate information in an area in which the fundamentals have been previously presented.
Select, apply, and safely execute laboratory procedures appropriate to the physical measurements and system
Appraise and describe biological phenomena in chemical terms
Quantitatively analyze energetics and catalytic processes

CHEMISTRY (B.A)

By completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry, students will be able to:

Demonstrate ability to communicate chemical and biochemical concepts in written and spoken formats
Demonstrate broad literacy in the physical sciences
Select, apply, and safely execute laboratory procedures appropriate to the physical measurements and system
Relate macroscopic properties to chemical structure
Describe chemical concepts in an interdisciplinary or liberal arts setting

CHEMISTRY (B.S)

By completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, students will be able to:

Demonstrate ability to communicate chemical and biochemical concepts in written and spoken formats
Think independently and critically about new and/or more intricate information in an area in which the fundamentals have been previously presented
Select, apply, and safely execute laboratory procedures appropriate to the physical measurements and system
Quantitatively model and/or characterize static and dynamic chemical systems
Relate macroscopic properties to chemical structure

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Upon graduation, students majoring in construction management will have demonstrated an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of construction management as described in the following outcomes:

Technical knowledge: Graduates will exhibit an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of construction – and display the ability to apply engineering, science and math fundamentals to solve technical problems related to construction management.
Process understanding: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of processes, materials, system assemblies and requirements; and an ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes related to construction management.
Effective communication (technical/graphical): Graduates will display the ability to communicate technical information and designs using oral, written, and graphic methods as appropriate.
Leadership, management, and teamwork: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to function effectively on teams with a commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement to successfully manage projects related to construction management.
Computer and information technology systems: Graduates will apply and use current & emerging computer and information technology systems, and an ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes related to construction management.
Professional development through life- long learning: Graduates will have a recognition of the need for, and the ability to pursue lifelong learning; and demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems.
Ethical and professional behavior: Graduates will exhibit an understanding of professional, ethical and social responsibilities and a respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND FIELD BIOLOGY

The environmental and field biology program, housed within the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, has developed student-learning outcomes. After completing the major in environmental and field biology, graduates will be able to: 
        SLO 1. Demonstrate proficiency in the most common and important biological principles related to ecology, evolution, biodiversity and organismal biology.
        Describe the following ecological concepts: population growth and dynamics; species interactions; community structure; niche models; species richness and diversity; succession; energy flow and nutrient cycling; productivity; food webs; biogeography; biomes; anthropogenic effects on resources, pollution, habitats and disease
        Describe the following evolutionary concepts: natural selection; genetic variability in populations; Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium; genetic drift; heritability, fitness and adaptation.
        Describe the following biodiversity concepts: phylogeny, classification, morphology and life histories of animals, plants, fungi, protists, archaea and bacteria; fossil record and patterns of evolution; systematics and taxonomy; organismal adaptations.
        Compare and contrast the structure, function and organization of the following processes in animals: digestion and nutrition; excretion and osmoregulation; respiration; circulation; support and movement; nervous and endocrine systems; integuments; immune systems; metabolism.
        Compare and contrast the structure, function and organization of the following in plants: roots, stems and leaves; water movement; metabolism; mineral nutrition; translocation and storage; reproduction; gametogenesis and sporogenesis; alternation of generations; meristems and growth.
        SLO 2. Demonstrate proficiency of the most common and important ecological and environmental field skills and techniques.
        SLO 3. Effectively communicate scientific concepts in written format.
        SLO 4. Effectively communicate scientific concepts in oral format.

FORENSIC BIOLOGY

To assess the unique features of the forensic biology major program (“Bachelor of Science in forensic biology”), the forensic biology program-specific learning objectives (FPSLOs) (lettered a, b, c, etc.) have been developed and are listed under each appropriate departmental SLO. After completing the forensic biology undergraduate major program, graduates will be able to:
        SLO 1. Competently use the scientific method in solving a biological question.
        SLO 2. Demonstrate mastery of the most common and important biological concepts and principles.
        FPSLO 2a. Apply principles of general biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and statistics/population genetics to the analysis of biological materials. Biol 3571 and 2191.
        SLO 3. Demonstrate mastery of the most common and important biological laboratory skills and techniques.
        FPSLO 3a. Understand how to interpret and compare analytical data generated from the analyses of physical/chemical evidence and known exemplars. Biol 2191 and 2291.
        SLO 4. Effectively communicate scientific concepts in written format
        FPSLO 4a. Understand and effectively communicate scientific concepts and results through written forensic reports. Biol 2291 and 3571.
        SLO 5. Effectively communicate scientific concepts in oral format.
        FPSLO 5a. Understand legal processes, including courtroom testimony, relevant legal decisions and concepts. Biol 2191, 2291 and 2591.
        SLO 6. Maintain a professional demeanor by demonstrating sound interpersonal skills.
        SLO 7. Participate in a capstone experience enhancing application of biological concepts.

MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

Upon graduation, students majoring in manufacturing technology will have an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of manufacturing technology as described in the following outcomes:

Technical knowledge: Graduates will exhibit an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of their disciplines – and display the ability to apply engineering, science and math fundamentals to solve technical problems
Process understanding: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of processes, materials, system assemblies, and requirements; and an ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes
Effective communication (technical/graphical): Graduates will display the ability to communicate technical information and designs using oral, written and graphic methods as appropriate.
Leadership, management, and teamwork: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to function effectively on teams with a commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement
Computer and information technology systems: Graduates will apply and use current and emerging computer and information technology systems, and an ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes
Professional development through life-long learning: Graduates will have a recognition of the need for, and the ability to pursue lifelong learning; and demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems
Ethical and professional behavior: Graduates will exhibit an understanding of professional, ethical and social responsibilities and a respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues

MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS

Acquire core knowledge of mathematics and statistics required to provide background in an advanced topic in probability and/or statistics.
Be able to place probabilistic or statistical results in the appropriate historical context.  
Be able to apply probabilistic or statistical knowledge to situations outside of courses.  
Be able to create probabilistic or statistical calculations and arguments.  
Be able to independently investigate a probabilistic or statistical topic.  
Be able to communicate probabilistic or statistical results in written form.  
Be able to communicate probabilistic or statistical results in oral form.
Demonstrate preparedness for future employment or education.

MATHEMATICS/MATHEMATICS EDUCATION

Acquire core knowledge, reasoning and computational skills from lower level required mathematics and statistics courses.
Display an awareness of the historical context of mathematical ideas.
Acquire knowledge, reasoning and computational skills in advanced required mathematics courses.
Be able to apply appropriate mathematical knowledge and skills towards solving problems that are beyond ordinary coursework.  
Be able to create mathematical arguments and proofs.
Be able to communicate mathematical results in written form.
Be able to communicate mathematical results in oral form.
Demonstrate preparedness for future employment or education.
†The term "mathematics/education major" is used in this report to identify a mathematics major that is also pursuing Adolescent Young Adult teaching licensure in mathematics.

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

        SLO 1. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN & DATA ANALYSIS
MB SLO 1 is in alignment with the Biology Major SLO 1 – Competently use the scientific method in solving a biological question.
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology should demonstrate the ability to:
        Competently use the scientific method in solving a biological question.
        Implement observational strategies to formulate a question.
        Generate a testable hypothesis, design and implement an experiment using appropriate controls and appropriate sample sizes.
        Determine the appropriate technique necessary to answer an experimental question.
        Gather and evaluate experimental evidence, including qualitative and quantitative data.
        Generate and interpret graphs displaying experimental results.
        Apply statistical methods when analyzing their data, and use patterns to construct a Model.
        Utilize current primary literature in the field to inform their own experimental design and future work.
        Given a body of experimental data, be able to communicate the results in visual, written and oral formats. (See SLO 3 below.)
        SLO 2. KNOWLEDGE OF CORE CONCEPTS AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
MB SLO 2 is in alignment with the Biology Major SLO 2 – Demonstrate mastery of the most common and important biological concepts and principles.
Students graduating with Bachelor of Science in molecular biology should demonstrate mastery in each of the following core concepts of molecular biology:
        1.1 Evolution: The diversity of lifeforms that have evolved over time through mutations,selection and genetic change.
        2.2 Information Flow, Exchange and Storage: The influence of genetics on the control of the growth and behavior of organisms.
        2.3 Structure and Function: The basic units of biological structures that define the functions of all living things.
        2.4 Pathways and transformations of energy and matter: The ways in which chemical transformation pathways and the laws of thermodynamics govern the growth and change of biological systems.
        2.5 Systems: The ways in which living things are interconnected and interact with one another.
        SLO 3. PERFORMANCE OF STANDARD LABORATORY SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE OF COMMONLY UTILIZED TECHNIQUES IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
MB SLO 3 is in alignment with the Biology Major SLO 3 – Demonstrate mastery of the most common and important biological laboratory skills and techniques.
Students graduating with Bachelor of Science in molecular biology should demonstrate proficiency in the laboratory with respect to the following standard laboratory skills commonly encountered in scientific laboratories in the discipline:
        Use of a compound light microscope in order to view specimens at multiple magnifications.
        •Make a solution of a specified molarity and pH concentration using proper solution making technique, including the proper use of a balance and pH meter.
        •Proficiency in pipetting using multiple instruments: Serological pipettes and micropipettes
        •Centrifugation
        •Nucleic Acid Isolation
        •Use of a standard spectrophotometer to determine the quantity of an unknown nucleic acid or protein
        •Spread Plating
        •Polymerase Chain Reaction
        •Agarose gel electrophoresis
        •Gram Staining
        •Maintenance of a laboratory notebook
        •Working safely individually and in team in a laboratory
In order for students to effectively analyze and critique primary literature, design an experiment or present scientific findings, they must be acquainted with a standard set of techniques utilized within the discipline. Molecular biology students will be able to describe the equipment and utilization of the following techniques:
        •Spectrophotometry
        •Microscopy (compound light microscopy and fluorescent microscopy)
        •PCR
        •RT-PCR (Reverse Transcriptase – Polymerase Chain Reaction)
        •Quantitative Real-Time PCR
        •Agarose Gel Electrophoresis
        •Standard Molecular Cloning (Restriction Digestion, Ligation, Transformation)
        •Western Blotting (SDS Page and Immunoblotting)
        •Immunohistochemistry
        •Standard Bioinformatic Analysis (BLASTn, BLASTp, CLUSTLW)
        SLO 4. WRITTEN & ORAL COMMUNICATION
MB SLO 4 is in alignment with the Biology Major SLO 4 – Effectively communicate scientific concepts in written format and SLO 5 – Effectively communicate scientific concepts in oral format.
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology should demonstrate the ability to communicate science in a variety of written and oral formats, including, but not limited to:
        RESEARCH PAPER: Students should be able to locate, read, comprehend and synthesize literature (primary and/or secondary) in genetics, molecular biology and cell biology in order to write and/or present a research paper on an assigned topic in the discipline for a variety of audiences, including peers, scientific professionals and the general public.
        •PRIMARY LITERATURE SUMMARY and/or CRITIQUE: Students should be able to write and/or orally present a summary and/or critique of a primary literature research paper with respect to the paper’s major findings.
        •ORAL PRESENTATIONS: Students should demonstrate proficiency in oral communication skill to a variety of audiences.
        •FORMAL LAB REPORT: Students should be able to write a formal laboratory report consisting of the following components: title, abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results (including proper data figures), discussion, and citations. Students should also be able to orally present the findings of their research following an outline similar to that utilized in a formal lab report.
        •POSTER PRESENTATION: Students should be able to generate and orally present a poster on their research.
        •POP SCIENCE: Students should be able to write and/or orally present a scientific topic to a general audience as a means of disseminating research and discoveries in molecular biology.

PHYSICS

Acquire a quantitative and qualitative knowledge of classical physics.
Acquire a quantitative and qualitative knowledge of modern physics.
Develop an understanding of the scientific experiment: Design experiments, acquire data, interpret data, and formulate scientific conclusions.
Distinguish what is reasonably well established and interpret and discriminate what is still highly hypothetical.
Demonstrate fluency in written and spoken communication of the results of physical investigations.

TECHNOLOGICAL STUDIES

Technical knowledge
Process understanding
Effective technical and graphical communication
Leadership management and teamwork
Computer and information technology systems
Professional development through life-long learning

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION (TECH COURSES ONLY)

Upon graduation, students majoring in technology education will have an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of manufacturing, construction, information technology, and systems as described in the following outcomes:

Technical knowledge: Graduates will exhibit an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of their disciplines – and display the ability to apply engineering, science, and math fundamentals to solve technical problems
Process understanding: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of processes, materials, system assemblies and requirements; and an ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes
Effective communication (technical/graphical): Graduates will display the ability to communicate technical information and designs using oral, written and graphic methods as appropriate.
Leadership, management, and teamwork: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to function effectively on teams with a commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement
Computer and information technology systems: Graduates will apply and use current and emerging computer and information technology systems, and an ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes
Professional development through life-long learning: Graduates will have a recognition of the need for, and the ability to pursue lifelong learning; and demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems
Ethical and professional behavior: Graduates will exhibit an understanding of professional, ethical and social responsibilities and a respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues