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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Environmental Health Science (PhD)


Graduate students enrolled in either program have the opportunity to work with a research advisor from among 23 full-time faculty. Research areas range from the ecological to the cellular level, and include aquatic ecology, trophic interactions in lakes and streams, plant-microbe-herbivore interactions, microbial food chains, infectious disease ecology, plant evolution and population ecology, animal behavior, aging, cell motility, developmental, chromosome, cell cycle and viral genetics, neuroendocrine control of metamorphosis and glucose homeostasis. (Click here for a detailed descriptions of faculty research). The broad range of training and research expertise among faculty members allows for an integrative approach to research studies in Biology for the MS degree and in Environmental Health Science for the PhD degree. Faculty in the department are funded from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and a variety of private funding agencies.

Learning Outcomes

Biological Concepts and Analysis
Students will demonstrate proficiency in explaining major biological concepts, including hypothesis-driven investigations, and analyzing, interpreting and evaluating biological data in the areas of organismal, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, evolutionary biology, and ecology.

Labratory Skills
Students will demonstrate proficiency in laboratory skills by carrying out investigations using appropriate techniques and equipment in each primary area of biology (organismal, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, evolutionary biology, and ecology).

Students will demonstrate competence in writing and speaking to clearly explain biological concepts and clearly explain the process of biological investigations to scientific and general audiences.

Ethical and Societal Implications
Students will demonstrate an ability to identify, evaluate, and explain ethical and societal implications of scientific approaches used in biological research and of applications of scientific findings.

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