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Biology|College of Arts and Sciences

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Biology Degree Program
Aven Nelson Building, Room 114
Department of Botany, 3165
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-4393
Fax: 307-766-2851

Assessment of Student Learning

The Biology Program at the University of Wyoming provides a grounding in the biological sciences for all life science majors on campus, as well as service courses for non-science majors.  The program curriculum extends from the 1000 to 3000-level.  Within the life science majors, each individual degree program determines the extent to which they rely on the Biology Program curriculum to begin the training of their students.  The biology program curriculum is designed to expose students to four key learning goals centered on 1) Acquisition, Synthesis, and Application of Biological Knowledge, 2) Research Skills, 3) Communication Skills, and 4) Critical Thinking Skills.  For students completing the entire biology core curriculum and capstone courses within respective departments, the student learning outcomes are as follows:

1.  Students will acquire fundamental concepts in biology, be able to synthesize information to support ideas and hypotheses, and apply concepts to new situations. 

2.  Students will develop the skills required to perform research in the biological sciences, including a working concept of research ethics. 

3.  Students will develop the ability to communicate biological knowledge.


Courses within the Biology Program curriculum will each address these learning outcomes at the appropriate level.  Students who only complete a portion of the courses within the program will begin their education towards these learning outcomes, but will not necessarily master each.

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