MastersCollege

The Master's College

Program Learning Outcomes

The following Program Learning Outcomes have been established by The Master's College faculty to define the areas of knowledge and skills that students graduating from this major degree program should have developed:

Core Biological Sciences Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the biological taxonomic kingdom and phyla divisions, and classification of organisms within that system.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the key features and current issues related to the various major theories of biological origins.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key current issues in environmental biology and ecology.
  • Analyze molecular structure and chemical reactivity relationships within a chemical and biological environment.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of cellular structures and processes within cells.
  • Perform and interpret analyses of the various modes of Mendelian inheritance.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of those basic principles of physics, statistics, and differential and integral calculus necessary to the study and practice of research in the biological sciences.
  • Effectively prepare and give oral presentations from primary research literature in the biological sciences.
  • Explain in accurate detail the molecular basis of inheritance; including DNA replication, transcription, translation and the regulation of these processes.

Natural History/Environmental Biology Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of vertebrate natural history, systematics, and comparative anatomy, and their applications to biological origins.
  • Effectively conduct selected field research techniques in plant and animal ecology.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the inter-relationship among species, population dynamics, and the study of human impacts on eco-systems as it relates to stewardship ecology.

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentistry/Pre-Allied Health Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain in detail the mechanisms involved in the replication and regulation of expression of genetic information for both prokaryotes, eukaryotes, and viruses.
  • Describe the theoretical basis underlying and perform basic laboratory procedures used in molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology and biotechnology.
  • Compare and contrast the initial pathways of development found in organisms from invertebrates to mammals.
  • Describe the underlying thermodynamic principles that govern biochemical pathways. Describe how biochemical pathways are regulated and integrated to maintain homeostasis.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the functions of each organ system and their interrelationships in the whole organism to maintain physiological homeostasis.

Secondary Teacher Education in Life Sciences Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of vertebrate and invertebrate natural history, systematics, and comparative anatomy, and their applications to biological origins.
  • Effectively conduct selected field research techniques in plant and animal ecology.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the inter-relationship among species, population dynamics, and the study of human impacts on eco-systems as it relates to stewardship ecology.

Cellular & Molecular Biology Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain in detail the mechanisms involved in the replication and regulation of expression of genetic information for both prokaryotes, eukaryotes, and viruses.
  • Describe the theoretical basis underlying and perform basic laboratory procedures used in molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology and biotechnology.
  • Compare and contrast the initial pathways of development found in organisms from invertebrates to mammals.
  • Describe the underlying thermodynamic principles that govern biochemical pathways. Describe how biochemical pathways are regulated and integrated to maintain homeostasis.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the functions of each organ system and their interrelationships in the whole organism to maintain physiological homeostasis.