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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Biology (MS)


The Department of Biology at UNCG is committed to providing excellent and comprehensive instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and the Department’s excellence in education is complemented by highly active research programs in environmental and behavioral ecology, evolution, population biology, and cell and developmental biology. Specifically at the Graduate Level, the MS in Biology, prepares students for careers in biological research, and it provides a strong foundation for further academic training, such as medical school or a doctoral program. The faculty members work closely with each student to tailor a specific curriculum to meet that student’s needs and interests. Students typically complete the work for the master’s degree in 2-3 years. The PhD in Environmental Health Science (EHS) prepares students for senior-level positions in professions related to environmental health science in its broadest sense. The program trains students to become leaders in biological research relevant to environmental issues that directly and/or indirectly affect human health, and the program trains students to convey information effectively to the public. Students acquire an understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of environmental health issues from molecular to ecosystem levels.

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.

Laboratory 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 communicate 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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