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.

 

Derek Kendig
Faculty

Derek Kendig, Ph.D.

This biology professor appreciates that science students at Loyola receive a full liberal arts education

Biology
Students working with planting pots in a greenhouse
Biology

Exploring Biology 310: Botany

Students in Loyola's botany class get hands-on experience with plant propagation, testing disease-fighting properties, and examining nutrient composition.