Program Goals & Outcomes
The Associate in Science Degree Program provides students with the analytical skills and scientific knowledge to expand and apply critical thinking to all facets of learning. The expected Program outcome is to provide a comprehensive lower-division education for students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.
As a department within the Engineering and Sciences Division at Rose State College, the Biological Sciences adheres to the vision, mission, and core values of the college and seeks to advance the good of our students by providing an excellent slate of classes and services to support a diverse student body. Students are viewed as partners in a lifelong learning process.
Upon completion, graduates will be prepared to:
- Describe the properties attributed to living organisms;
- Apply quantitative measurements to problems and topics related to biological matters (such as population dynamics, genetics, etc.);
- Design experiments by applying critical thinking and scientific methodology to various biological inquires;
- Evaluate how technology is used to answer questions related to the biological sciences, and be able to assess which tools are best suited to answer various questions related to living organisms; and
- Appraise current issues in the scientific community.
Students that complete certain coursework within the Biological Science AS degree plan are eligible for the Biotechniques micro-credential. This micro- credential benefits students that are looking to work in a lab setting; be that as a lab technician or in pursuit of a professional degree.
Students must complete both the Principles of Microbiology course (BIOL 2035) and Biotechnology course (BIOL 2203), earn a C or better in both courses, and complete the Unknown Identification, Lab Notebook, and Barcoding project assessments. Students that successfully complete the Biotechniques micro-credential may be eligible for partial reimbursement of tuition costs.