Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B.S. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

To generate in low-income and first-generation high school students, the skills and motivation necessary to complete secondary education and enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education.

Program Outcomes

1. B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduates will be prepared to enter a professional or graduate degree program or to obtain an entry level technical position in either the biotech industry or at a research institution.

Student Performance Indicators

  • An exit survey will be conducted with graduating seniors.

Assessment Method

  • The Assessment Committee will evaluate student exit interview results.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate a strong fundamental knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will take a national standardized exam designed by the American Chemical Society.
Assessment Method
  • Student scores will be compared to national norms. Students who achieve a high grade in the course will also be expected to score above the national average on the ACS exam, >50th percentile.

2. Students will be able to present clear scientific talks and demonstrate sound, scientific writing.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Biochemistry seniors will conduct research in a campus laboratory and write a senior thesis at the end of their experience. These students should be capable of writing a senior thesis that includes an abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion and literature cited section that is reflective of a scientific publication.
Assessment Method
  • Senior theses are graded by the faculty member under whom the student is conducting research. A grading rubric will be distributed to these faculty mentors in order to ascertain where the strengths and weaknesses lie in the writing skills of our senior students.