Biology Program mission statement:

Biology explores unity, diversity, complexity, and evolution in the living world.  The mission of the Saint Martin's University Biology department is to instill the spirit of scientific inquiry and critical thinking skills from the perspective of a biologist.  Thus, the department's course of study is designed to develop the students’ ability to formulate questions in the biological sciences and conduct research using appropriate methodologies and techniques.

Biology Program learning outcomes

A. Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the fundamental principles of biology.

  • Evolution: The diversity of life emerges over time by processes of mutation, selection, and genetic change.
  • Information Flow, Exchange, and Storage: The growth and behavior of organisms are governed by the expression of genetic information in context.
  • Structure and Function: Basic units of structure define the function of all living things.
  • Pathways and Transformations of Energy and Matter: Biological systems grow and change by processes based upon chemical transformation pathways and are governed by the laws of thermodynamics.
  • Systems: Living systems are interconnected and interacting.

B. Conduct independent studies in Biology using the scientific method.

  • Pose problem-based questions based on observations.
  • Generate hypotheses and design experiments to test hypotheses.
  • Evaluate and interpret data and draw relevant conclusions.
  • Understand and evaluate the research of other scientists
  • Use basic laboratory equipment

C. Clearly express themselves in written and oral communication:

  • Write scientific papers using modern nomenclature and terminology
  • Write appropriate standard lab reports                                                                          
  • Present their scientific work to others using oral presentations
  • Use modern technology in the communication of their work to others

D. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the ethical issues involved in scientific endeavors:

  • How ethical considerations have influenced past scientific research
  • Modern ethical issues and apply their knowledge of these issues to their own scientific work
  • Evaluate the relevance of social contexts to biological issues ethically, and develop biological applications to address societal problems