Biology, B.S.

  • Students who complete the degree program will develop a collaborative relationship with an academic advisor that aids them in making positive choices and taking full advantage of their opportunities at SU and beyond
  • Students who complete the degree program will recognize and choose post-baccalaureate employment or graduate/professional study opportunities, as demonstrated by admission rates to post-graduate study and success in attaining and retaining employment in biology-related fields
  • Students who complete the degree program will analyze and compose scientific research effectively through oral and in written methods, including the ability to prepare scientific papers, posters and short oral presentations in standard scientific format
  • Students who complete the degree program will engage in and explain experiential or service learning, including research, internships, shadowing, service, community involvement, and/or leadership activities appropriate to their goals in the biology major
  • Students who complete the degree program will be able to apply fundamental understanding of biological systems and processes at all levels (molecules to ecosystems), as well as more specialized knowledge appropriate to their track within the biology program on a capstone exam

Biology, Biotechnology Concentration, B.S.

  • Students will prepare for and choose an appropriate path for post-baccalaureate employment or graduate study
  • Students will assemble specialized knowledge of microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, and immunology

Biology, Clinical Sciences Concentration, B.S.

  • Students will identify and prepare for professional programs beyond Shippensburg that are necessary to become clinicians
  • Students will recognize and identify specialized knowledge of anatomy and physiology

Biology, Ecology/Environmental Biology Concentration, B.S.

  • Students wills engage in experiential learning appropriate to their goals for future employment or education in the form of research or an internship
  • Students will demonstrate fundamental understanding of biological systems and processes at all levels (molecules to ecosystems) and demonstrate and apply knowledge appropriate to their track within the biology program
  • Students will synthesize major concepts of ecology, evolution, and organismal biology with hands-on field and laboratory experiences in Ecology

Biology, Health Professions Concentration, B.S.

  • Students will identify and describe (through practice and examination) specialized knowledge of anatomy and physiology
  • Students will be able to compare and compete for post-baccalaureate employment or graduate study, as indicated by admission rates to graduate schools, health professional programs, and success in attaining and retaining employment in biology-related fields

Biology, Secondary Education Certification, B.S.

  • Students will successfully conduct independent inquiry in BIO 208 Field Biology and be able to expound upon teaching this pedagogy in EDU 440 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools
  • Students will practice teaching, as demonstrated by success in attaining and retaining employment in secondary biology positions
  • Students will meet Pennsylvania Department of Education standards for biology content knowledge
  • Students will practice specialized pedagogical knowledge reflected in the Teacher Education NCATE 2006 conceptual framework
  • Students will develop effective teaching strategies and be able to demonstrate them within a practicum (student teaching). These strategies include: planning and preparation, the classroom environment, instructional delivery, and professionalism

Biology Minor

  • Students will communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including the ability to prepare scientific papers, posters and short oral presentations in the standard scientific format