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Division Goals
Department Statement of Purpose and Learning Outcomes

Overview
The Division of Natural Sciences at the College of Mount Saint Vincent aims to offer students academic, research and service opportunities that develop their ability to understand and apply scientific concepts to real-world problems. Students acquire and critically interpret knowledge of scientific facts and theories, relate that knowledge to other subject areas in the liberal arts, add to the body of scientific knowledge through research, communicate science in both oral and written form, and develop leadership and interpersonal skills throughout the process.

The Division aims to help students become scientifically-responsible citizens by developing critical thinking, data analysis, and communication skills as well as an appreciation for ethical responsibility in research that will allow them to be successful in a variety of professions. Students are encouraged to follow their curiosity and develop a sense of appreciation about science, the interrelatedness of scientific fields from the atomic to the planetary, and the place of humans in the natural world.

Division Learning Outcomes
Students completing an undergraduate degree in Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry at the College of Mount Saint Vincent will be able to:

1) Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry.
 
2) Apply understanding of the scientific method by designing and performing valid scientific experiments to test hypotheses.

3) Read and critically evaluate peer-reviewed scientific research.

4) Correctly perform and interpret quantitative analysis of scientific data.

5) Demonstrate the ability to engage in library, field and/or lab research.

6) Describe and practice safety techniques, including correct use of equipment and technology in laboratory and/or field work.

7) Accurately relay scientific information through effective oral and written communication.

8) Work effectively in a group to solve scientific problems, be an effective leader as well as effective team member, and interact productively with a diverse group of peers.

9) Integrate and apply knowledge and skills gained throughout the curriculum.