Outcomes Assessment for the Biology Major

Biology graduates:

-are aware of the opportunities in the broad area of biological sciences.
Metric: exit interviews with graduating seniors and surveys administered in Biology 110 and 111 prepared by advising staff.

-were able to graduate in four years, assuming adequate initial preparation and minimal major curriculum transfers.
Metric: four and five year graduation rates; prepared by Institutional Research or Registrar.

-understand and demonstrate a core understanding of the broad area of biological sciences,
Metric: earned minimum GPA in major; prepared by Institutional Research or Registrar.

-are the result of an advising process that often counsels students to consider other interests consistent with their abilities.
Metric: number of students switching to other majors and graduating within five years; prepared from Biology
Data Base and by Institutional Research at five year intervals.

-understand the importance of physical sciences and mathematical disciplines in biology,
Metric: number of courses taken in chemistry, math/stat and physics; prepared by Institutional Research or Registrar.

-appreciate the broad perspectives provided by understanding the impact of the humanities and social sciences on our lives.
Metric: number of students completing College of Agriculture and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements; prepared by Institutional Research or Registrar.

-demonstrate effective written communication skills.
Metric: earned minimum GPA in communications courses; prepared by Institutional Research or Registrar.

-seek to combine their preparation as biologists with exploration of other interests.
Metric: Number of Biology majors completing minors and double majors; prepared by Institutional Research or Registrar.

-seek to incorporate global perspectives into their undergraduate studies.
Metric: number of students studying abroad, participating in travel courses, studying a foreign language, or taking additional courses that are classified as international perspectives; prepared by Institutional Research or Registrar.

-take advantage of opportunities to join intellectual communities.
Metric: number of students participating in learning communities (BEST, WISE, BETAL) Honors, number completing research (490) credits, internships (493), or participate in professional clubs and organizations; prepared by Institutional Research or Registrar and from Biology Data Base.

-are successful in being admitted to graduate and professional schools.
Metric: number of students admitted to graduate and professional schools following graduation; prepared by LAS and Ag Career Services.

-choose careers appropriate to their education
Metric: summary date from the LAS and CoA Career Placement Offices

-would choose Biology as a major again if they were starting over.
Metric: exit interviews of graduating seniors by advising staff.