Biological Sciences - Ecology
The Department of Biological Sciences delivers an intensive, balanced, and well-rounded learning experience in general biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, and ecology. The Department educates students for employment in the regional biotechnology and environmental industries, provides the foundation for students to succeed in post-graduate education, and prepares students for admission to professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy. These goals are accomplished through rigorous hands-on learning and opportunities for original research.
Requirements of the Major
A graduate in the Biotechnology Option in Biological Sciences will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of biological molecule chemistry to function at the molecular, cellular, tissue and organismal levels.
- Identify basic intracellular functions and predict intracellular responses to extracellular and environmental cues.
- Describe how regulation of genome expression dictates molecular and cellular structure and function.
- Apply knowledge of the nature of mutations and the laws governing their inheritance to explain how they affect phenotypes.
- Explain how mutations and environment interact in a population to affect the gene pool, and resultant effects on a population.
- Apply knowledge of metabolic pathway regulation and the energy requirements of a cell, to predict the activity and end product of metabolic pathways.
- Design an experiment and analyze experimental data.
- Demonstrate evidence-based, critical reasoning skills in analyzing scientific publications and media articles about science and in forming perspectives and opinions about science.
- Explain the flow of energy through an ecosystem using diagrams such as food webs, food chains, or energy flow diagrams.
- Outline the basics of matter cycles including the hydrologic cycle, the nitrogen cycle, and the carbon cycle.
- Engage in dialogue regarding humans influences on ecosystems and strategies that may be used to reduce adverse human impact.