About the Biology Department

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The study of life is in full swing here at UW-Platteville! Students experience all the fascinating and intricate aspects of biology through classes, labs, field trips, and research projects. The objective of the biology major is to provide students with all the skills necessary to successfully pursue a career in whatever aspect of biology they choose.

Purpose Statement

The UW-Platteville biology program provides biology students a fundamental knowledge of biology along with introducing students to the major areas in biology, and providing opportunities to explore these areas. In this endeavor, the program provides students the ability to critically apply biological concepts to the understanding of natural phenomena and to deal with biology-related health, societal, and conservation issues. In addition, the UW-Platteville biology program prepares students for advanced study and research in the biological and related sciences, healthcare professional programs, veterinary professional programs, careers in education and biology-related industry, and governmental service. The biology program also provides courses for general education in the natural sciences to introduce students to science, biology, biological concepts, and how these affect society. Finally, the biology program provides courses to support other university programs such as agriculture, education, physical education, chemistry, criminal justice, and engineering.

STUDENT LEARNING GOALS

  1. Our world is filled with a dazzling array of life; these seemingly unique and different organisms have shared features due to their common origin. Our biology majors will demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics that unify all living organisms, the forces that shape their diversity, and the structures and functions inherent to different living organisms.
  2. Because science is a process used to explore and understand the world around us, our biology majors will observe, question, hypothesize, test, analyze and develop conclusions about natural phenomena.
  3. Life is complex; understanding this complexity requires interdisciplinary training. As they investigate the natural world, our biology majors will appropriately integrate knowledge and skills from chemistry, mathematics, and other liberal arts and sciences.
  4. Although some contributions to science are achieved by individual effort alone, others are accomplished when people with diverse perspectives and skills work together. Our biology majors will engage in scientific inquiry both as individuals and as effective team members.
  5. Without communication, science has no impact. Our biology majors will use a variety of oral and written means to convey information to a wide range of audiences.
  6. The advancement of scientific knowledge happens within a societal context. Our biology majors will evaluate interactions between science and society and the ethical issues surrounding those interactions.

CULTIVATING ATTITUDES

The members of our department feel that correct attitudes, as with any endeavor, provide an important complement to a sound knowledgebase and skill-set. As a department, we hope to instill in our students a set of attitudes that we feel are important for all biologists. We will do our best to model the following: enthusiasm for the science of biology and an appreciation for the multitude of ways that biology permeates our society; a strong curiosity for the world about us; a respect for the instruments and objects of our research; integrity, because without integrity, there is no trust of the individual and, taken to its natural ends, no trust in the field of biology and the process of science.

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