Course Outline / Syllabus
In the new, transformed Biology BS program for conversion from quarter to semester, multiple faculty will teach varied courses under the “Cell and Molecular” requirement for our program. Our old program required multiple core courses, leading to bottlenecks as students could not get seats in needed classes. We have designed our new program to provide students with options under core categories, providing students more flexibility which should improve time to graduation. Students must take at least ONE of the courses, although students who chose to focus on Cell and Molecular Biology should be able to learn new material in ALL courses. The courses which satisfy the “Cell and Molecular” requirement include Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology. For this faculty learning community, we aimed to develop our courses to ensure that ALL courses within the “Cell and Molecular" core category cover essential concepts and learning outcomes, but yet remain distinct so that students who want to place emphasis on Cell and Molecular Biology can learn from all the courses. To accomplish this, faculty who teach these courses met together to discuss scholarly articles regarding essential concepts and expected learning outcomes for cell and molecular degree programs. We present here our final reflection and the new syllabi for each of the Category A courses. We conclude our new core category A will cover essential concepts and learning outcomes, but yet remain distinct so that students who want to place emphasis on Cell and Molecular Biology can learn from all the courses.
Newcomb, Laura L. PhD; Chao, Mike PhD; Nickerson, Dan PhD; Orwin, Paul PhD; Dodsworth, Jeremy PhD; and Rhoads, David PhD, "Essential Concepts and Learning Outcomes for Cell and Molecular Biology" (2020). Q2S Enhancing Pedagogy. 152.