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Program Learning Outcomes, MS Biology

The Master of Science program within the Department of Biology is dedicated to the preparation of broadly trained, professional scientists. Students will achieve this preparation through the primary activities of coursework and research. The program offers a challenging, student‐centered curriculum that is research‐based, technology‐oriented, and that provides a foundation for life‐long learning. The program serves students interested in all areas of biology – from molecular or cellular biology to ecology and evolution. The program supports the broader University vision of national recognition via interdisciplinary, extramurally funded research and publication, and the College vision of research in Coastal Plain Science and Cancer Research.


Upon completion of the MS in Biology, majors will be able to:

PLO1. Demonstrate general knowledge of basic biological principles.

PLO2. Function as a researcher in laboratory and/or field settings using appropriate basic equipment.

PLO3. Conduct original research in a biological sub‐discipline, including the design of experiments with appropriate controls.

PLO4. Apply biometric principles to their experimental design, and to the analysis and interpretation of the data.

PLO5. Effectively communicate by defending original research in writing and in oral presentation.

PLO6. Judge the veracity and value of peer‐reviewed publications in biology.

PLO7. Practice professional ethics in the conduct of science.

Last updated: 7/1/2020