Mission & Student Learning Objectives
To be nationally recognized as one of the premier undergraduate biological programs with a masters level graduate program; one in which students are consistently prepared to go on to successful and productive careers.
- To provide a foundation in life sciences for all Cal Poly students
- To provide life science students with a broad background in the life sciences at all levels of biological organization (from molecular, cellular, and organismal biology, to populations, communities and ecosystems)
- To prepare life science students for careers and graduate work
- To provide education in life science technologies and applications
- To engage students in scientific inquiry and foster life-long learning
- To prepare students to make informed political and societal decisions relative to the life sciences
- To be a life science resource for the community, state, nation and the biosphere!
Program Learning Objectives for the Bachelor of Science Program -Biological Sciences
- Explain fundamental concepts of biology in the following areas: diversity & evolution; structure and function at multiple hierarchical levels; information flow; energy and matter transformations; interactions among and between organisms and the environment.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the appropriate lab and field techniques in their area of specialization in biology.
- Locate and critically evaluate the scientific literature.
- Apply the process of science to design, conduct, analyze and interpret experiments in biology.
- Integrate statistics, math, physical sciences and technology to answer biological questions.
- Communicate biological principles and research findings effectively to diverse audiences.
- Relate ethical, social justice or global perspectives to the study and practice of biology.
Program Learning Objectives for the Bachelor of Science Program -Microbiology
- Explain fundamental concepts and principles in microbiology and general biology (atom to ecosystem).
- Demonstrate proficiency in common lab and field techniques for microbiology.
- Locate, critically evaluate, and integrate scientific literature findings into the practice of microbiology.
- Assess and analyze experimental data with objectivity.
- Integrate statistics, math, physical sciences and technology to answer microbiological questions.
- Communicate microbiology principles and research findings effectively to diverse audiences.
- Relate ethical, social justice or global perspectives to the study and practice of microbiology.
Program Learning Objectives for the Bachelor of Science Program -Marine Sciences
- Integrate and synthesize information from the various marine disciplines.
- Recognize and value the diversity of marine life and ecosystems.
- Apply the scientific method, by formulating hypotheses, making predictions, and assessing, analyzing, synthesizing, and interpreting data.
- Communicate marine scientific principles and research findings effectively diverse audiences.
- Demonstrate proficiency in lab and field techniques relevant to marine sciences.
- Locate and utilize bibliographic resources and demonstrate the ability to evaluate scientific literature.
- Relate ethical, social justice or global perspectives to the study and practice of marine science.
Program Learning Objectives for the MS Program in Biological Sciences
- Students will demonstrate a broad basic knowledge of the biological sciences.
- Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding and competency in a specific discipline within the biological sciences.
- Students will be able to communicate scientific ideas effectively in both oral and written formats.
- Students will be able to think critically and evaluate, design, conduct and quantitatively assess innovative research in a biological discipline.
- Students will have acquired the skills and knowledge needed for employment or advanced graduate or professional study in discipline related areas.