The Biology Mission Statement, Program Goals and Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes:
Within the Vision,
Mission and Values Statements of the University of San Francisco, the faculty
of Biology educates undergraduate students in current biological concepts and
methodologies in the laboratory and the natural environment to prepare them to be
good citizens, to go on for advanced work in the sciences, and for professional
careers in the health field.
The Biology Program
seeks to develop the following knowledge and skills in its students:
- An understanding
of major biological concepts.
solving, analytical and communication skills as they apply to biological
ability to apply the scientific method and critical thinking in an ethical
fashion to biological problems.
awareness of career pathways in the biological sciences.
Upon completing the Biology B.S. degree program, graduates
will be able to
both in-depth and broad knowledge of the concepts that comprise the
the scientific process, including designing and conducting experiments and
laboratory techniques (such as light microscopy, gel electrophoresis and
keeping a laboratory notebook and understanding of principles of
- Demonstrate the ability to read,
understand, and critically review scientific papers and prepare oral and
written reports in a standard scientific format.
- Express an awareness of the
careers and professions available in the biological sciences and an
understanding of the significance ethics plays in the field.