We welcome you to the Department of Biological Sciences! By the time you graduate, we have every expectation that your education at URI will provide you with the critical knowledge, skills, and perspectives that will foster your success during the next phases of your life.
We ask that you dedicate yourself to learning while you are here at URI. The rewards will be countless. Through its curricular and co-curricular programs, the Department of Biological Sciences seeks to instill in its students:
An understanding of major biological concepts and awareness of how these are connected within various areas of the biological and physical sciences.
The problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills that will provide the foundation for lifelong learning and career development.
An appreciation of sciences as an integral part of society and everyday life; and
The ability to evaluate and discuss contemporary social and ethical issues related to biology and medicine.
Your professors in the Department of Biological Sciences have established the following list of expected outcomes for your learning here at URI. Please study the list and use it as a road map for your education. Review it on a regular basis and discuss it with your academic advisor. You will be amazed at your educational progress each semester and with your level of achievement at the conclusion of your undergraduate studies.
DEPTH AND APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE: you will acquire knowledge and skills necessary to obtain or pursue a professional position or graduate/professional training in your discipline. By the time you complete your education you will:
Recognize the relationship among structure, function, and process at all biological levels (molecular, cellular, organismal, population, community, and ecosystem).
Describe and explain the major cellular processes in eukaryotes and prokaryotes.
Describe the flow of genetic information, the chromosome theory of heredity, and the relationship between genetics and evolutionary theory
Use the principles of biological classification to examine the diversity of life and identify the phylogenetic relationships of the major groups of organisms
Explain the principles of organismal evolution, including the role of natural selection
Explain the ecological relationship between organisms and their environment
Utilize skills in the use of laboratory and field techniques commonly used in biology.
Think critically and synthesize scientific information.
Demonstrate knowledge of the role of biological science in society
QUANTITATIVE COMPETENCE: you will identify and use appropriate quantitative methods to analyze physical, biological, or social phenomena. By the time you complete your education you will:
Apply mathematical and statistical approaches to interpreting biological information.
METHODS OF INQUIRY: you will understand and use methods of inquiry appropriate to your discipline. By the time you complete your education you will:
Apply the scientific process, including designing and conducting experiments and testing hypotheses.
COMMUNICATION: you will communicate clearly and effectively using a variety of methods. By the time you complete your education you will be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to read, understand, and critique scientific papers.
Prepare oral and written reports in a standard scientific format.
ETHICAL PRINCIPLES: you will understand and apply ethical principles to issues, problems, and professional practices. By the time you complete your undergraduate education you will:
Abide by established scholarly and scientific ethics in biology.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: by the time you complete your education you will:
Develop an awareness of the careers and professions available in the biological sciences.