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Washington State University Graduate School

Biology, Ph.D.

Student Learning Outcomes


All graduates will be able to:

  1. To direct students for successful and productive careers in biological sciences, we will facilitate:
    1. Achievement of the highest level of expertise in biological sciences, master knowledge of these fields and apply that knowledge to address novel and emerging problems.
    2. Presentations of student research to national and international audiences through both peer-reviewed and popular publications, professional meetings and conference proceedings.
    3. Participation in professional organizations.
    4. Development of professional foundations through activities such as teaching, internships, fellowships, and preparation of grant applications.
  2. To prepare students to be leading researchers in the fields of biological sciences by training graduate students to do the following:
    1. Become independent researchers by developing expertise in their chosen area, thereby enabling original contributions that extend beyond their degree program.
    2. Apply sound research methods and tools to problems in their area of study.
    3. Communicate their research clearly and professionally in both written and oral forms.
    4. Develop a comprehensive knowledge of previous and current research in their field of expertise and be able to demonstrate clearly such knowledge.
  3. Train students to be highly effective teachers in the fields of biological sciences by:
    1. Providing a teaching training course to all students in the program.
    2. Encouraging students to become engaging instructors in their chosen fields using modern pedagogical techniques.
    3. Teaching students to incorporate emerging scientific discoveries in lectures, thereby keeping the classroom experience cutting-edge for students.
    4. Teaching students to review and revise classroom materials to enhance the learning experience for students.


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