The biology program gives students a broad background in all areas of biology to prepare them for careers in biology or for further study in graduate or professional school. The program emphasizes the process of doing science in independent lab projects and in the three-semester senior research project. In addition, Colby-Sawyer College has an affiliation agreement with the School for Field Studies (http://fieldstudies.org). Students who meet the prerequisites may spend the fall semester of their senior year at one of the School for Field Studies’ international locations.
The aim of the biology program is to prepare students with a broad perspective in all areas of biology while emphasizing their ability to use the process of science. We expect that students will be proficient in the following:
- Understanding and applying the theory and concepts of molecular, cell organismal and ecological biology.
- Using logical thinking as demonstrated through sophisticated logic when articulating biological concepts and relations.
- Using the scientific method to develop and recognize interrelated hypotheses.
- Using laboratory and field skills.
- Demonstrating quantitative ability including data analysis.
- Applying Excel and its functions to create clear graphs and tables summarizing data.
- Applying visual skills in posters and presentations.
- Writing scientifically.