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Learning Objectives

The Biology Department assesses student outcomes in its three degree programs and makes data-based decisions according to the assessment results. There are three undergraduate Programs within the Biology Department: Biology, Biological Science Composite Teaching, and Public Health. Learning objectives and their corresponding assessments overlap significantly for the Biology and Biological Science Composite Teaching programs. There are different Emphases within the Biology and Public Health Programs. In the case of the Biology Program, the Emphases are closely aligned and do not have different learning objectives or assessments. In contrast, the three Emphases of the Public Health Program (Industrial Hygiene, Public Health Education, and Environmental Health) are distinct enough to require Emphasis-specific learning objectives and assessments.



  1. Graduates will be able to demonstrate analytical and experimental scientific skills.

 a) Graduates will be able to practice the process of science.

 b) Graduates will be able to use quantitative reasoning, modeling and simulation to solve problems in biology.

           

  1. Graduates will be able to recognize and articulate fundamental concepts and principles of biology.

 a) Demonstrate how the diversity of life evolved over time via evolutionary mechanisms.

 b) Evaluate the relationships between biological structure and function.

 c) Explain how the properties of organisms depend on biotic and abiotic information transfer.

 d) Apply the principles of physics and chemistry to explain how living systems operate.

 e) Model the interactions between organisms and their environment at population, community and ecosystem levels.

 

  1. Graduates will acquire the practices of professional scientists.

 a) Collaborate with others and work as a team.

 b) Communicate biological concepts and interpretations to scientists in other disciplines and the general public.

 c) Demonstrate the connection between science and society.

 d) Distinguish scientific integrity and the ethical practice of science from deceitful and unethical scientific practices.

The learning objectives for Biological Science Composite Teaching students overlap with those for Biology students but also extend them with an objective focused on science teaching proficiency.  These learning objectives are:

 

  1. Graduates will be able to demonstrate analytical and experimental scientific skills.

 a) Graduates will be able to practice the process of science.

 b) Graduates will be able to use quantitative reasoning, modeling and simulation to solve problems in biology.

        

  1. Graduates will be able to recognize and articulate fundamental concepts and principles of biology.

 a) Demonstrate how the diversity of life evolved over time via evolutionary mechanisms.

 b) Evaluate the relationships between biological structure and function.

 c) Explain how the properties of organisms depend on biotic and abiotic information transfer.

 d) Apply the principles of physics and chemistry to explain how living systems operate.

 e) Model the interactions between organisms and their environment at population, community and ecosystem levels.

 

  1. Graduates will acquire the practices of professional scientists.

 a) Collaborate with others and work as a team.

 b) Communicate biological concepts and interpretations to scientists in other disciplines and the general public.

 c) Demonstrate the connection between science and society.

 d) Distinguish scientific integrity and the ethical practice of science from deceitful and unethical scientific practices.

  

4. Graduates will demonstrate competency in the most effective science teaching methods.

  1. 1. Evaluate and control the physical, chemical, and biological stressors that affect individuals in the occupational setting  

     

    1. Integrate biology, chemistry, physics, and other basic sciences in the practice of their profession

     

    1. Utilize existing and future technical tools and techniques within their profession by understanding the basic principles of operation

     

    1. Apply communication and public health management skills to work effectively within the social, organizational, regulatory, and economic constraints and opportunities of their profession

     

    1. Acquire a graduate degree, pursue professional lifelong learning activities, and/or acquire professional certification through the educational background obtained

 

  1. Be able to assess needs, resources, and capacity for health education and promotion
    1. Plan assessment process for health education/promotion
    2. Access existing information and data related to health
    3. Collect primary data to determine health education needs
    4. Analyze relationships among behavioral, environmental, and other factors that influence health
    5. Examine factors that influence how people learn
    6. Examine factors that enhance or impede health education and promotion
    7. Determine needs for health education and promotion programs based on assessment findings

 

  1. Be able to plan health education and promotion
    1. Involve priority populations, partners, and other stakeholders in the planning process
    2. Develop goals and objectives for health education and promotion programs
    3. Select or design strategies and interventions for health education and promotion
    4. Develop a plan for the delivery of health education and promotion
    5. Address factors that influence implementation of health education and promotion programs

 

  1. Be able to implement health education and promotion programs
    1. Coordinate logistics necessary to implement a health education and promotion plan
    2. Train staff members and volunteers involved in implementation of a health education and promotion plan
    3. Implement a health education and promotion plan
    4. Monitor implementation of a health education and promotion plan

 

  1. Be able to conduct health education and promotion program evaluation and research
    1. Select, adapt and/or create instruments to collect data
    2. Collect and manage data
    3. Analyze data
    4. Interpret results
    5. Apply findings

 

  1. Be able to administer and manage health education and promotion programs
    1. Manage financial resources for health education and promotion programs
    2. Manage technology resources
    3. Manage relationships with partners and other stakeholders
    4. Gain acceptance and support for health education and promotion programs
    5. Demonstrate leadership
    6. Manage human resources for health education and promotion programs

 

  1. Be able to serve as a health education and promotion resource person
    1. Obtain and disseminate health-related information

 

  1. Be able to communicate, promote, and advocate for health, health education and promotion programs, and for the profession
    1. Identify, develop, and deliver messages using a variety of communication strategies, methods, and techniques
    2. Engage in advocacy for health and health education and promotion programs
    3. Influence policy and/or systems change to promote health and health education
    4. Promote the health education profession
  1. Carry out the basic responsibilities of occupational health and safety professionals, including regulatory compliance and implementation of health and safety programs.

 

  1. Explain the relationships between environmental quality, public health, environmental and occupational health regulations, and engineering systems in assessing and managing community risk.

 

  1. Acquire experience in environmental health through an internship that provides practice in one or more areas of the prevention of contaminants in soil, water, or food, or in community practices of vector control

 

  1. Identify communicable disease dangers to community health
    1. Build factual knowledge about the major infectious diseases that shape human society
    2. Describe basic principles and theories of communicable diseases and their control
    3. Develop skills, competencies, and views valuable for public health and health education careers

 

  1. Discuss and apply concepts of epidemiology
    1. Describe the fundamentals of epidemiology, including definitions, concepts, and applications.
    2. List important historical developments in epidemiology.
    3. Explain concepts of disease.
    4. Assess study design strategies and statistical measures in epidemiologic research.
    5. Interpret causal and statistical inference.
    6. Apply basic epidemiological concepts and approaches.
    7. Describe basic principles of infectious and chronic disease, and work and environmental epidemiology.
    8. Explain aspects of molecular and genetic epidemiology

 

  1. Describe how industrial processes and hazards impact the health of local communities.

           

  1. Analyze an environmental health topic or current public health problem and present that topic to peers.

 

  1. Discuss methods and processes used in analysis of environmental organic contaminants, and explain contaminant properties and conversion processes that determine organic contaminant fate.

 

  1. Complete a capstone paper that demonstrates the ability to:
    1. Assess and evaluate the needs of a target population
    2. Develop an environmental health solution to mitigate or minimize the effects of a public health issue on a target population.
    3. Complete a cost/benefit analysis of a public health to determine if intervention is cost effective.
    4. Determine a sound recommendation regarding a public health issue based on findings