1. Demonstrate knowledge of current theories of biology and concepts basic to biology, including: Levels of complexity (molecular/cellular through population/communities/ecosystems); biological principles and processes; connections among concepts across disciplines (physical sciences, mathematics, social sciences).
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills through: Identifying appropriate questions, issues or problems to be explored; analyzing, interpreting and evaluating evidence; constructing well-supported, clearly articulated arguments and conclusions.
  3. Demonstrate information literacy and research skills through effective use of: Sources of information in biology including published literature and scientific databases; computer applications to acquire and analyze experimental data and develop graphic models.
  4. Demonstrate experimental research methods including: Scientific methods and instrumentation; safe and appropriate use of laboratory equipment; experimental design; data analysis; familiarity with professional standards in science.
  5. Demonstrate effective communication with varied audiences and media by: Providing clear structure and transitions; demonstrating substantial understanding via research, credible sources and supporting evidence; demonstrating audience-appropriate purpose, agenda, language and style.
  6. Demonstrate preparation for future career and educational goals by: awareness of personal competencies (strengths and weaknesses); ability work in a team to accomplish a goal; understanding professional and ethical behavior.