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  • Botany, CALS & CLAS

    The botany major is offered by both the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. This major provides a foundation in the life sciences with emphasis on plant systems. Students will learn the diversity of life, the structure of organisms and ecosystems and how they function (i.e., the acquisition, flow, organization and uses of information, energy and nutrients in living systems). Students will learn the scientific method and how it facilitates the discovery of new knowledge in botany and biology, including how to critically evaluate hypotheses and conclusions.

    Botany major page, CALS Botany major page, CLAS

    Before Graduating Students Must

    • Achieve acceptable performance in all required botany courses.
    • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

    Students in the Major will Learn to

    Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

    1. Identify, describe and explain the basic terminology, concepts, methodologies and theories used within the biological sciences.
    2. Analyze biological information and develop reasoned solutions to problems using the processes and applications of scientific inquiry.
    3. Discriminate ethical behavior from unethical behavior in scientific research.
    4. Communicate knowledge, ideas and reasoning clearly and effectively in written or oral forms appropriate to the biological sciences.
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    Curriculum Map

    I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed
    Courses Content Critical Thinking Communication

    SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
    BOT 2011C R
    BOT 2710 R R   R
    BOT 3503 and BOT 3503L R/A R/A   R/A
    BSC 2010 I I I  
    BSC 2011 I I    
    PCB 3601C R/A R/A R/A  R/A 
    PCB 4043C R/A R/A R/A R/A
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    Assessment Types

    • Major field test for biology
    • Bioethics quiz
    • Scientific paper
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