The preparation of students to be independent scientific thinkers, nurturing their abilities in three areas:
- Students are presented with the current factual content of the discipline and are taught how to organize the large quantities of new scientific information into a meaningful framework.
- Students are taught about the process of conducting research: how to ask scientific questions, how to design experiments, and how to analyze and interpret data.
- Students become proficient in communication through verbal, written, and symbolic (mathematical) channels: they learn to read and understand scientific articles, write papers in scientific format, discuss scientific experiments in a group, present results verbally and in poster format, and use computer statistical and graphics packages.
The fostering of student-faculty relationships:
The department fosters a caring and open student-faculty relationship that encourages students to view faculty as both models and mentors. The teaching atmosphere allows students to feel comfortable in making mistakes during the process of growing from student to biologist.
The preparation of students for life after Loyola as members of the job market or for studies in graduate or professional schools:
The curriculum is flexible to serve a diverse student population and allows students to make appropriate connections between their coursework and the world around them.
The fostering of an informed and engaged citizen:
- Students learn to articulate the ethical issues surrounding the practice and direction of biological research.
- Upon graduation, alumni take active roles in leadership and service in the larger community, particularly when issues related to their biological training arise.