1) Science as a way of knowing – Students will understand the scientific process of hypothesis generation and testing.
2) Biological Content – Students will understand fundamental biological concepts with a breadth and depth that encompasses the field including:
a. the origins and maintenance of life
b. the organization and history of biodiversity
c. the function of genes, proteins, and cells
3) Interdisciplinary Links – Students will understand the relationship between biological concepts and those of the other natural sciences.
4) Quantitative literacy – Students will understand and be able to apply quantitative reasoning and methodology.
5) Effective communication – Students will be able to communicate their ideas effectively in writing and orally.
6) Scholarship skills – Students will be able to critically evaluate data, as it relates to a specific hypothesis, in the context of what is already known and published.