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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Biology (BS) Human Biology

Mission

The Bachelor of Science degree is offered for those students aspiring to a professional career in biology and for those students with particularly strong interests in the discipline. Students are expected to become proficient in the Biology Student Learning objectives. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science are expected to develop a stronger background in mathematics and related sciences and to attain a greater understanding of biology than will students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree. The Human Biology concentration is designed for biology majors who want to develop the ability to integrate biological knowledge as it relates to human beings. The study of human biology requires fundamental knowledge of basic life science, since humans and other animals share a large number of structural, chemical, and control mechanisms. Moreover, human behavior occurs within a specific evolutionary and ecological setting, just as it does in other animals. Full appreciation of human biology, including our complex brains, our communication and conceptual abilities, and our social structures, requires an understanding drawn not only from biology but also from basic courses in anthropology and psychology, and from additional academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.


Proficiency in scientific inference
Students will demonstrate proficiency in scientific inference, to include 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).

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

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


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