The assessment process begins with the University, College, and Departmental mission statements, and includes the development of program educational objectives and desired student learning outcomes, collection of student data and work samples, preparation of detailed assessment documents, evaluation of the collected data, and a feedback loop that produces continuous improvement.

Departmental Mission

The Department of Biological Sciences provides a diverse, rigorous program with a curriculum designed to produce scientifically literate majors and non-majors knowledgeable in contemporary issues in biology. The department offers opportunities for experiential learning through close student/faculty research collaboration. We prepare our students for post-graduate programs and careers in the life sciences and health professions. The public service activities of the department are primarily directed to the regional needs of West Tennessee.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the time of graduation, a biology graduate will have the ability to:

  1. Define and explain fundamental elements of cell biology, organismal biology, and ecology.
  2. Define and explain how concepts of genetics and evolution influence biological diversity.
  3. Apply the scientific process to natural phenomena.