M.A. and M.S. in Biological Science

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a MA or MS in Biological Science will be able to:

  • demonstrate a broad and sophisticated understanding that contributes to biological concepts and principles across all levels of biological organization, from ions to ecosystems;
  • demonstrate expertise in a specific area of biological science;
  • independently apply the scientific method to formulate testable biological hypotheses, analyze empirical data, and synthesize the results of the analysis;
  • clearly communicate the design and results of an observational or experimental analysis in a variety of formats, including the graduate thesis, scientific paper, scientific poster, and oral presentation;
  • gather and evaluate primary scientific literature and judge the value of the information presented in relation to particular biological questions.
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