Graduate Program Learning Goals

The goals of the program are for the students to be able to:

1. Display diversified knowledge of biological concepts, theories and research techniques covered by the core courses and in each student’s area of specialization

2. Integrate new knowledge into existing scientific frameworks

3. Engage in and conduct original research

4. Represent and interpret data in quantitative and statistically meaningful forms

5. Communicate scientific understanding in oral, visual, and written forms

6. Appreciate ethical conduct in science (see NAP.EDU “On Being a Scientist” (1995) (Manifest leadership and social responsibility) including

7. Develop a skill set and research record such that they can secure employment in universities, federal agencies, private companies or non-governmental organizations where they can apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the program.