We promote student understanding of biological concepts relevant to the individual and to society, and foster an appreciation of scientific inquiry. Our students obtain a broad education covering a wide variety of biological disciplines. Our teaching philosophy and facilities support a rich education experience with small class sizes, hands-on experience, and regular interaction with expert faculty. We offer a full complement of strong programs in regional field biology.
- Offer students the knowledge, skills, and appreciation of the biological sciences.
- Provide a rigorous SAT program level.
- Maintain a group of teachers capable of providing instruction in the three broad areas of biology: Cell and Molecular Biology, Organismal Biology, and Ecology. Within the teachers there should be knowledge of all major groups of organisms and all levels of biological organization.
- The ability of the Department to provide an enriched, diverse learning environment in the biological sciences for students is directly related to the vitality, expertise, and diversity of its personnel. Existing teachers must be provided with the opportunity to continue to develop their teaching and research skills.