Program Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Natural Sciences' Programs

Students graduating with degrees from the Natural Sciences department are expected to meet the following program outcomes. These are assessed on a yearly basis and form the basis for continuous improvement through our program review cycle. If you have any questions about these outcomes, please feel free to contact the Natural Sciences department chair, Dr. Kim Inman.

BS Biology, Biomedical Sciences

  1. Students will recognize and explain core concepts and process in the Biological Sciences and make predictions based upon their foundational knowledge
  2. Students will apply their knowledge to interpret both clinical and/or experimental scenarios
  3. The student will demonstrate the ability to properly perform basic techniques common to biomedical laboratories including use of balances, pH meter, serological pipettes, micropipettors, incubators, biology safety cabinets, and microscopes
  4. Students will interpret and critique scientific papers
  5. Students will develop effective oral and written communication skills utilizing proper methods of citation
  6. The student will demonstrate they possess the preparation and skill needed to obtain employment or pursue a graduate or professional degree in a biomedical sciences field

BS Biology, General (& Environmental)

  1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of living organisms including: structure and function of cellular components and processes, genetics, organization, ecology, diversity, and evolution of unicellular and multicellular life forms
  2. Apply principles of the scientific method to distinguish between theories and hypotheses and between scientific fact and opinion
  3. Design and conduct biological investigations that require effective use of scientific instrumentation
  4. Articulate biological knowledge verbally and in written form to scientific and lay audiences
  5. Acquire skills necessary for a candidate seeking an advanced degree in the biological sciences, including: the abilities to review scientific literature and apply statistical tools to evaluate and interpret quantitative data

BS Chemistry & BS Natural Sciences (Chemistry)

  1. Students will demonstrate application and evaluation of chemical information skills
  2. Students will demonstrate oral and written communication skills
  3. Students will apply the scientific method and integrate chemical knowledge to demonstrate problem solving skills
  4. Students will demonstrate understanding and implementation of lab safety skills
  5. Students will demonstrate proper use and application of instrumentation and computer application skills

BS Natural Sciences (Biology)

  1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of living organisms including: structure and function of cellular components and processes, genetics, organization, ecology, diversity, and evolution of unicellular and multicellular life forms
  2. Apply principles of the scientific method to distinguish between theories and hypotheses and between scientific fact and opinion
  3. Design and conduct biological investigations that require effective use of scientific instrumentation
  4. Articulate biological knowledge verbally and in written form to scientific and lay audiences
  5. Relate aspects of economic, societal, and environmental sustainability to biological systems

BS Natural Sciences (Geology)

  1. Graduates will identify, demonstrate knowledge of, and interpret the significance of Earth materials at microscopic, handsample, outcrop, regional, and global scales
  2. Graduates will understand Earth processes and forms across space and time through quantitative and qualitative means
  3. Graduates will use maps, cross sections, and stratigraphic columns to convey and interpret information about the Earth
  4. Graduates will design and conduct geological investigations that require effective use of scientific instrumentation and methodology

BS Natural Sciences (Physics)

  1. Correctly apply a wide variety of representations to describe or explain a physical situation
  2.  Identify, explain, and correctly apply the fundamental concept that is relevant when explaining some physical phenomenon or when solving a problem
  3. Identify and correctly apply the appropriate mathematical tools when solving a problem
  4. Apply appropriate approximations that make a problem more tractable and appropriate models that give insight into a physical phenomenon
  5. Plan and execute procedures for measuring a quantity or testing a hypothesis
  6. Describe the results of measurements accurately and intelligibly and draw valid conclusions from those results
  7. Understand the sources of imprecision in a measurement and estimate the magnitude of such uncertainties
  8. Meaningfully contribute to the work of a group that is trying to solve a problem, clarify a difficult concept, or make a measurement

BS Natural Sciences (AYA licensure)

  1. Graduates will demonstrate cognitive development in their concentration area
  2. Graduates will demonstrate written and oral communications skills
  3. Graduates will demonstrate laboratory and/or field skills and safety
  4. Graduates will show an understanding of the scientific method
  5. Graduates will achieve a level of competence in their major field that will help them to be successful in society

Natural Sciences

Contact Information

Department of Natural Sciences
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Dr. Kim Inman, Chairperson
Sharon Messer, Secretary

Phone: (740) 351-3456
Fax: (740) 351-3815

smesser@shawnee.edu or
science@shawnee.edu

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