Cell and Molecular Biology M.S. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The interdisciplinary graduate program in Molecular Bioscience and Biotechnology will prepare students for careers in basic biological and biomedical research, industry, and teaching. The degrees within the program are structured to involve the student in course work to develop a knowledge base, scholarly approaches, as well as writing and speaking skills. In addition, the program will provide laboratory training to teach the experimental approach to biological problems. Students are expected to make substantial scientific contributions in their chosen field in their thesis work.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency for independent development of research design and methods.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will make oral presentations
  • Students will share their opinions on course content
  • Students develop independent research design and methods
  • Student will complete qualifying and comprehensive examination proficiency
  • Students will present descriptive and numerical solutions to exam questions
  • Students will develop written material/articles for publication and/or presentations
Assessment Method
  • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee of presentations in seminars, at the Annual Research Retreat, and at scientific meetings.
  • Faculty will evaluate student course evaluations
  • Evaluation of the Thesis/Dissertation by faculty committee
  • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee
  • Course and Qualifying Exam and related exam grades (doctoral students)
  • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee of manuscripts submitted to scientific journals.

2. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the instrumentation, laboratory procedures, and data analysis for bioscience / biotechnology research.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will summarize research methods.
  • Student will propose Thesis & Dissertation
  • Students will perform laboratory research skills
Assessment Method
  • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Mentor and Committee
  • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee
  • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Mentor and Committee

3. Students will be able to assess and adapt to new avenues of scientific inquiry that offer interdisciplinary and practical applications to societal needs related to bioscience and biotechnology.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will complete interdisciplinary studies and course work
  • Students will apply Thesis/Dissertation results beyond the student's specialization
Assessment Method
  • Course grades and evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee
  • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee

4. Students will be able to demonstrate written and oral presentation skills.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will complete exams, write essays, and prepare numerical solutions
  • Student will prepare and make oral presentations
  • Student will properly structure Thesis/Dissertation content
  • Students will prepare scientific publications
Assessment Method
  • Performance in course work
  • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee of presentations in seminars, at the Annual Research Retreat, and at scientific meetings.
  • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee
  • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee of manuscripts submitted to scientific journals.