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Learning outcomes by major

Learning outcomes by major

Apply. Reason. Investigate. Describe. Explain. From knowledge of general principles to quantitative skills, conducting research and communicating results, students can learn a lot during the course of their science major. Explore learning outcomes for each major in the College of Science and how a major can prepare you for different careers.

Biochemistry and Biophysics

The BS degrees in Biochemistry and Biophysics and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provide students a foundation in the physical and biological sciences. They are designed to help students prepare for careers in the health sciences, for technical employment, or for graduate study in the life sciences.


Biology majors receive excellent training for graduate and professional programs, and students can elect to complete transcript-visible options in Ecology, Genetics, Marine Biology, Physiology and Behavior, Pre-Dentistry/Biology, Pre-Education/Biology, Pre-Medicine/Biology, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Options in the Biology major require fifteen or fewer additional credits (one term) beyond the basic Biology major and most students complete the additional course work in four years.


  1. Core Knowledge: Students will be able to recall, integrate, and apply essential core information about the key components of Chemistry.
  2. Laboratory Skills: Students will demonstrate competency in basic laboratory techniques, laboratory safety, chemical synthesis, and measurement of chemical properties and phenomena.
  3. Communication Skills: Students will communicate ideas effectively orally and in writing.
  4. Synthesis and Analysis Skills: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze data, access information and integrate information from various sources in order to solve problems.


Undergraduate mathematics is essential preparation for graduate study in the mathematical sciences, including mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, and computer science. In addition, many employers and other academic disciplines recognize that a BS in mathematics is evidence of high-level training in problem solving.


Physics BS students will demonstrate conversance with many topics in each of Classical & Relativistic Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetism/Optics, Thermodynamics/Statistical Mechanics, and Mathematical Physics, as defined by the commonly-used undergraduate textbooks that we use.


The major core provides a solid foundation in the biological sciences, while electives allow students to cater coursework to meet specific interests in animal biology. Zoology majors enter such varied fields as animal care and husbandry, curatorial and museum management, laboratory animal research, field biology and conservation, and environmental management and policy.