What You Will Learn
Student Learning Objectives
Our Curriculum:
Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Nursing, Physical Sciences


Department of Biological Sciences

Biology

  • The BIOL Program will be designed such that program graduates will demonstrate mastery of core biological concepts and principles similar to that of biology graduates from around the country.
  • The BIOL Program will be designed such that program graduates will be capable of designing, interpreting, and presenting a valid biological experiment.
  • The BIOL Program will be designed such that program graduates can demonstrate mastery of microscopy and other common laboratory skills.
  • The BIOL Program will be designed such that program graduates will be capable of navigating biological databases on the internet and building web pages to present biological information.

Biology: Biochemical Option

  • The BIOL Program will be designed such that program graduates will demonstrate mastery of core biological concepts and principles similar to that of biology graduates from around the country.
  • The BIOL Program will be designed such that program graduates will be capable of designing, interpreting, and presenting a valid biological experiment.
  • The BIOL Program will be designed such that program graduates can demonstrate mastery of microscopy and other common laboratory skills.
  • The BIOL Program will be designed such that program graduates will be capable of navigating biological databases on the internet and building web pages to present biological information.

Biology: Environmental Option

  • The BIOL ENV option will be designed such that graduates will demonstrate mastery of basic biological terminology and concepts similar to that of biology graduates from around the country.
  • Graduates of the BIOL ENV option will demonstrate competency in assigning likely human causes of common environmental disruptions ranging from socioeconomic factors to chemical reactions and likely effects on plants and animals, ranging from physiological to toxicological and ecological mechanisms.
  • Graduates of the BIOL ENV option will be able to demonstrate mastery of skills and techniques associated with accurately measuring environmental variables and associated communities of organisms.
  • Graduates of the BIOL ENV option will demonstrate knowledge of key legal aspects of environmental protection, e.g. the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and National Environmental Protection Act.

Fisheries & Wildlife (Bachelor's Degree)

  • Graduates will consider the program to be of high quality at the time of and following graduation.
  • Students will have a solid foundation in basic biological principles.
  • Students will be proficient in identification and knowledge of taxonomy and life history characteristics of regional mammals, birds, or fish.
  • Students will be able to produce a high quality oral presentation.
  • Students will be able to produce a high quality written report.
  • Students will be proficient in word processing, production of graphs for reports, use of basic spreadsheets, preparation of presentations, and basic statistical applications.
  • Students will have a working knowledge of general ecological principles.
  • Students will have a working knowledge of forest ecology and management, wetlands ecology, or limnology.
  • Students will have acceptable interpersonal skills.
  • Students will be able to recognize important components of state and federal laws that regulate use of natural resources.
  • Students will have a working knowledge of basic fisheries and wildlife management principles.
  • Students will understand how habitat manipulations can be used to manage fish and wildlife.
  • Students will understand how the human dimension influences the fisheries and wildlife professions.
  • Students will understand basic statistical concepts.
  • Students will have a working knowledge of population dynamics principles.
  • Students will have a working knowledge of methods used to estimate abundance of fish and wildlife.
  • Students will be able to integrate information from several sources to produce a cogent report or presentation.
  • Students will have a working knowledge of the methods used to age, sex, capture, and mark fish and wildlife.
  • Students will demonstrate a basic ability to use GPS equipment, aerial photographs, and maps for fish and wildlife management purposes.

Fisheries & Wildlife (Master's Degree)

  • Students will be proficient at oral and written communications.
  • Students will be able to properly collect original field data.
  • Students will be able to effectively analyze data.
  • Students will be able to cogently integrate information to produce a quality report.
  • Students will be sufficiently proficient in subject areas to qualify as fisheries or wildlife biologists.

Health Information Management

  • Sociology students should demonstrate oral and written communication skills at an acceptable level and express satisfaction with such abilities.
  • Students will express interest in and increase participation in professional presentation and research symposiums.
  • Sociology students will increase interest in and seeking acceptance into graduate programs.

Medical Assistant

  • The students will exhibit professionalism and demonstrate abilities in legal and ethical responsibilities, limitations, and implications required for entry level competence in medical assisting.  They will perform their duties according to regulations, policies, laws and legislative rights of clients to provide quality healthcare.
  • The student will demonstrate cognitive abilities in providing and obtaining information required in the entry level competence of medical assisting and incorporate this ability in performance of communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • The student will demonstrate cognitive abilities in administrative functions required for entry level competence in medical assisting and incorporate this knowledge in performance of the psychomotor and affective domains in their performance of administrative/office management procedures.
  • The student will demonstrate cognitive abilities in clinical functions required for entry level competence in medical assisting and incorporate this knowledge in the performance of psychomotor and affective domains of their clinical skills practice.

Medical Technology

  • The Medical Technology Student will demonstrate adequate pre-professional preparation before entering the internship phase of the degree program.
  • The student will demonstrate achievement of knowledge and skills required of the entry-level Medical Technologist upon completion of the professional year at an affiliated medical technology school.

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Department of Mathematics

Mathematics

  • Candidates know, understand, and apply the process of mathematical problem solving.
  • Candidates reason, construct, and evaluate mathematical arguments and develop an appreciation for mathematical rigor and inquiry.
  • Candidates communicate their mathematical thinking orally and in writing to peers, faculty, and others.
  • Candidates recognize, use, and make connections between and among mathematical ideas and in contexts outside mathematics to build mathematical understanding.
  • Candidates use varied representations of mathematical ideas to support and deepen students' mathematical understanding.
  • Candidates embrace technology as an essential tool for learning mathematics.
  • Candidates demonstrate computational proficiency, including a conceptual understanding of numbers, ways of representing number, relationships among number and number systems, and meanings of operations.
  • Candidates emphasize relationships among quantities including functions, ways of representing mathematical relationships, and the analysis of change.
  • Candidates demonstrate a conceptual understanding of limit, continuity, differentiation, and integration and a thorough background in the techniques and application of calculus.
  • Candidates apply the fundamental ideas of discrete mathematics in the formulation and solution of problem solving.
  • Candidates demonstrate an understanding of concepts and practices related to data analysis, statistics, and probability.
  • Candidates apply and use measurement concepts and tools.

Mathematics Education

  • Candidates communicate their mathematical thinking orally and in writing to peers, faculty and others.
  • Candidates know, understand and apply the process of mathematical problem solving.
  • Candidates reason, construct, and evaluate mathematical arguments and develop an appreciation for mathematical rigor and inquiry.
  • Candidates recognize, use, and make connections between and among mathematical ideas and in contexts outside mathematics to build mathematical understanding.
  • Candidates use varied representations of mathematical ideas to support and deepen students' mathematical understanding.
  • Candidates embrace technology as an essential tool for teaching and learning mathematics.
  • Candidates support a positive disposition toward mathematical processes and mathematical learning.
  • Candidates possess a deep understanding of how students learn mathematics and of the pedagogical knowledge specific to mathematics teaching and learning.
  • Candidates demonstrate computational proficiency, including conceptual understanding of numbers, ways of representing number, relationships among number and number systems, and meaning of operations.
  • Candidates emphasize relationships among quantities including functions, ways of representing mathematical relationships, and the analysis of change.
  • Candidates use spatial visualization and geometric modeling to explore and analyze geometric shapes, and their properties.
  • Candidates demonstrate a conceptual understanding of limit, continuity, differentiation, and integration and a thorough background in the techniques and application of calculus.
  • Candidates apply and use measurement concepts and tools.
  • Candidates apply the fundamental ideas of discrete mathematics in the formulation and solution of problems.
  • Candidates demonstrate an understanding of concepts and practices related to data analysis, statistics, and probability.
  • Candidates experience should include opportunities to examine the nature of mathematics, how it should be taught and how students learn mathematics: observe and analyze a range of approaches to mathematics teaching and learning, focusing on tasks, discourse, environment and assessment: and work with a diverse range of students individually, in small groups, and in large class settings.

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Department of Nursing

Nursing (Bachelor’s Degree)

  • Critical thinking defined as the purposeful, reasoned analysis used for solving a problem, making an inference, or arriving at a decision applied to patient care.
  • Communication abilities defined as a process by which individuals gather information and share ideas, opinions, values, and feelings with others.  Man's ability to communicate produces vital forces which can be utilized to positive benefits to self and society.
  • Ability to use therapeutic nursing interventions defined as those actions which through promotive, restorative, and supportive nursing behaviors, promote the optimal functioning of individuals and groups.
  • Graduates who seek employment are employed within 9 months following graduation.
  • Graduates will attain the knowledge and skills for minimal safe nursing practice
  • Graduates will pass the NCLEX-RN required for licensure as a registered nurse.

Nursing (RN to BSN Option)

  • Graduates will utilize critical thinking, defined as the purposeful, reasoned analysis used for solving a problem, making an inference, or arriving at a decision applied to patient care, in the care of aggregate populations.
  • Graduates will utilize theory base from courses to demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning.
  • Graduates will utilize communication abilities, defined as a process by which individuals gather information and share ideas, opinions, values, and feelings with others. Man ability to communicate produces vital forces which can be utilized to positive benefits to self and society.

Nursing (Master’s Degree)

   

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Department Physical Sciences

Chemistry

  • Students completing the baccalaureate program will be able to demonstrate competency and understanding of the basic concepts found in chemistry.    
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be able to utilize the scientific method for formal investigation and to demonstrate competency with experimental methods that are used to discover and verify the concepts related to chemistry content knowledge.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will demonstrate skills necessary for conducting research related to content knowledge and laboratory skills.
  • Six months after graduation, our graduates will find work in chemistry or a related discipline, or be attending a professional school.

Chemistry (Professional Option)

   

Chemistry (Biochemistry Option)

  • Students completing the baccalaureate program will be able to demonstrate competency and understanding of the basic concepts found in chemistry in general and biochemistry in particular.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be able to utilize the scientific method for formal
    investigation and to demonstrate competency with experimental methods that are used to discover and verify the concepts related to chemistry content knowledge.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will demonstrate skills necessary for conducting research related to chemistry content knowledge and laboratory skills.
  • Six months after graduation, graduates will find work in chemistry or a related discipline, or be attending a professional school.

Chemistry (Environmental Option)

  • Students completing the baccalaureate program will be able to demonstrate competency and understanding of the basic concepts found in chemistry in general and environmental chemistry in particular.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be able to utilize the scientific method for formal
    investigation and to demonstrate competency with experimental methods that are used to discover and verify the concepts related to content knowledge.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will demonstrate skills necessary for conducting research related to content knowledge and laboratory skills.
  • Six months after graduation, graduates will find work in chemistry or a related discipline, or be attending a professional school.

Geology (Environmental Option)

  • Students completing the baccalaureate program will be able to demonstrate competency and understanding of the basic concepts found in physical and historical geology, mineralogy, petrology, structure, geomorphology, hydrogeology, environmental geology, and field geology.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be able to utilize the scientific method for formal investigation and to demonstrate competency with experimental methods that are used to discover and verify the concepts related to content knowledge.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will demonstrate skills necessary for conducting environmentally themed geologic investigations and research related to content knowledge and laboratory skills.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be employed in a geology related job or enrolled in a graduate program.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will have acquired the ability to effectively conduct environmentally themed geological investigations.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will have acquired the analytical, mathematical, laboratory and field observational, and computer skills necessary for solving problems that are related to objectives (1) and (2).

Geology (Professional Option)

  • Students completing the baccalaureate program will be able to demonstrate competency and understanding of the basic concepts found in physical and historical geology, mineralogy, petrology, structure, geomorphology, paleontology, field geology and sedimentology/stratigraphy.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be able to utilize the scientific method for formal investigation and to demonstrate competency with experimental methods that are used to discover and verify the concepts related to content knowledge.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will demonstrate skills necessary for conducting geological investigations and research related to content knowledge and laboratory skills.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be employed in a geology related job or enrolled in a graduate program.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will have  acquired the ability to effectively conduct geological investigations.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be able to produce and present oral and written communication (including graphs, maps, stratigraphic sections, geological cross sections, and subsurface diagrams) of activities associated with the discipline.

Geology (Petroleum Option)

   

Physical Science

  • Students completing the baccalaureate program will be able to demonstrate competency and understanding of the basic concepts found in astronomy, physics, chemistry, meteorology, and geology.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be able to utilize the scientific method for formal investigation and to demonstrate competency with experimental methods that are used to discover and verify the concepts related to content knowledge.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will demonstrate skills necessary for conducting research related to content knowledge and laboratory skills.
  • Six months after graduation, graduates will find work in a science or technology field or a related discipline, or be attending a professional school.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be able to produce and present activities associated with the discipline effectively oral and written communication.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will have acquired the ability to conduct experiments with appropriate controls and be able to function effectively in a scientific laboratory setting.

Physical Science/Earth Science Education

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive theoretical and experimental (laboratory) understanding of each of the four major disciplines in physics (Mechanics, Electricity, Magnetism, and Modern Physics).
  • Graduates will be able to relate their knowledge in each of the four major disciplines in physics within the context of other major sciences, everyday applications, social and technological issues, and individual experiences.
  • Graduates will be able to use up-to-date technological resources (including computers, software, the Internet, and technical and educational databases) for physics instruction.
  • Six months after graduation, graduates will find work teaching in a science or technology field or a related discipline, or be attending a professional school.

Physics

  • Students completing the baccalaureate program will be able to demonstrate competency and understanding of the basic concepts found in core physics courses mechanics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism and modern physics.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be able to utilize the scientific method for formal investigation and to demonstrate competency with experimental methods that are used to discover and verify the concepts related to content knowledge.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will demonstrate skills necessary for conducting research related to content knowledge and laboratory skills.
  • Six months after graduation, graduates will find work in a science or technology field or a related discipline, or be attending a professional school.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will have acquired the analytical, mathematical, and computer skills necessary for solving problems that are related to objectives (1) and (2).
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be able to produce and present activities associated with the discipline effectively through oral and written communication.

Nuclear Physics

  • Students completing the baccalaureate program will be able to demonstrate competency and understanding of the basic concepts found in core physics courses mechanics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism and modern physics.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be able to utilize the scientific method for formal investigation and to demonstrate competency with experimental methods that are used to discover and verify the concepts related to content knowledge.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will demonstrate skills necessary for conducting research related to content knowledge and laboratory skills.
  • Six months after graduation, graduates will find work in a science or technology field or a related discipline, or be attending a professional school.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will have acquired the analytical, mathematical, and computer skills necessary for solving problems that are related to objectives (1) and (2).
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be able to produce and present activities associated with the discipline effectively through oral and written communication.

Engineering Physics

  • Students completing the baccalaureate program will be able to demonstrate competency and understanding of the basic concepts found in physics.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will be able to utilize the scientific method for formal
    investigation and to demonstrate competency with experimental methods that are used to discover and verify the concepts related to content knowledge.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will demonstrate skills necessary for conducting research related to content knowledge and laboratory skills.
  • Baccalaureate graduates will have found employment in their field or related area or continue in a professional school.

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