Goals and Mission of the Department

The primary objectives of the Department of Biological Sciences are to:

1.         Create an academic environment conducive to the intellectual and professional development of students and faculty;

2.         Develop and maintain a commitment to scholarly activity in research and graduate education commensurate with the goals and mission of a major university;

3.         Provide programs for undergraduate majors which meet the educational and technological demands of the profession;

4.         Present courses for majors in cognate academic and professional fields which provide the necessary base for career goals and for other majors which provide an understanding of the philosophy and role of science in society; and,

5.         Provide the various publics with the services commensurate with a University.

            Implicit in these objectives are our responsibilities as teachers, educating the professional biologist at the undergraduate and graduate levels, providing training in the health sciences, and promoting and clarifying the role and philosophy of science in liberal education.

            A strong commitment to research is recognized by the Department as a significant means of creating a stimulating intellectual environment and achieving our broader commitments to the advancement of knowledge and service to the public.  Graduate education is an integral and valued component within the Department contributing to the overall intellectual and learning environment.  The Department views the development of nationally recognized programs in research and graduate education, especially at the doctoral level, as primary aims within this decade.  Reflecting this emphasis, the Department has enlarged its core doctoral and master's programs in botany, ecology, and physiology.  Faculty from the Department participate in the School of Biomedical Sciences graduate programs.

            At the undergraduate level, baccalaureate degree programs offered through the Department provide educational opportunity for two distinct groups of students with different career goals.  The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for the student interested in the biological sciences but not committed to a career therein.  This degree provides a basic background in the biological sciences while providing the opportunity to develop a breadth in the liberal arts. The Bachelor of Science degree is designed for the student interested in a career in one of the biological sciences.  This degree provides a greater depth of educational experience in the biological sciences as well as in the supporting fields of chemistry and mathematics.  This program is selected typically by the pre-professional school student, the student preparing for graduate study, and the student preparing for entry into some biological sciences career.

            Within the two degree programs, the Department offers a total of seven majors.  Biology, botany and zoology majors are available in both programs.  Conservation and medical technology majors are available within the Bachelor of Science degree.  The variety of majors provides a diverse student population with the educational needs and requirements in specialized biological sciences subdisciplines at a state-of-the-art level.  A primary objective within the Department is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the technical, experimental, and intellectual skills involved with modern instrumentation, field and laboratory experiences, and the scientific method necessary to compete in the scientific community.

            For the student who is not a major, the Department envisions its role in a two-fold nature.  The Department presents courses which meet specific educational goals and form the life sciences basis for the School of Nursing, the College of Education, the School of Family and Consumer Studies, the School of Exercise, Leisure, and Sport, and the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.  For other nonmajors, the Department presents courses which meet the concept of general education in clarifying the role and philosophy of science in the liberal education.  The role of the Department in providing these types of courses for the University community is recognized as a most important and significant component in our being.

            Service to the University and the general public is recognized as a contributing role for the faculty.  Service, both professional and personal, aids in unifying and clarifying the role of the University in the local community, in the State of Ohio, in the nation, and is a valued component within our Department.