Loyola University Maryland

Department of Biology

Learning Aims

The Biology Department has developed the following learning aims for the biology major:

  • Students will master current factual content of different subdisciplines within biology, such as molecular/cellular, organismal, and population biology. 
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to organize, apply, and synthesize the large quantities of new scientific information into a meaningful framework.
  • Students will show a clear understanding of the scientific process and effectively engage in conducting research based on their ability to read, understand, and critically evaluate primary literature articles; ask scientific questions; design experiments testing hypotheses; and analyze, display, and interpret data using statistical and graphical software packages.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in communicating effectively in a variety of formats, including verbal, written, and symbolic (mathematical) channels. They will exhibit the ability to write papers in appropriate scientific formats; discuss scientific experiments in a group; present results verbally and in poster formats; and use computer and graphical models to explain biological phenomenom.
  • Students will be able to articulate the ethical issues surrounding the practice and direction of biological research.
  • Students will become active and engaged citizens who take active leadership and service roles in the larger community, particularly when issues arise related to their biological training.

 

Andrew Schoeffield
Faculty

Drew Schoeffield, Ph.D.

This biology professor—and Loyola alumnus—specializes in microbiology, and aims to create a community of scholars at his alma mater

Biology
Marie (the seal) sitting on the edge of the pool at the National Aquarium's rehabilitation center
Academic Opportunities

From the classroom to the coast

A student shares his experience as an intern with the National Aquarium in Baltimore—and how it shaped his academic path and career goals