Biology students are active scientists, working in classrooms, laboratories, and the environment to apply scientific concepts to genuine academic inquiry. Laboratory-based activities are regularly offered throughout the curriculum and vary depending on course content. For example, students in Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 212) conduct glucose tolerance tests, urine analysis, blood typing, respiratory volumes, and electrocardiograms, while students in Microbiology (BIO 330) identify unknown bacterial species using course techniques. Students in Ecology (BIO 350) assess the health of a local stream through an assessment of macroinvertebrates they collect.
Biology majors may also conduct independent research in the field through the Tropical Biology Program (BIO 400), which takes students into the tropical lowland rainforests in Southern Belize. Students in Environmental Science (BIO 101) and Ecology (BIO 480) have presented at a campus-wide convocation on global warming and at an Earth Day event at Maywood Environmental Park. Their communication skills are enhanced through courses in Scientific Analysis and Writing I and II offered each academic year (BIO 475 and 476), which require students to analyze articles in the field, write literature reviews, and prepare public presentations.Learn more about the Student As Practitioner Program
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