The biology department at this small liberal arts college in the heartland had done considerable planning with respect to their relatively new biology major. However, further curricular improvements will make the major more fulfilling for students. Consultants identified the following key areas where improvements are needed.
The president of this mid-western university wanted a review of the curriculum of the biology department. Although the department has been on the leading end of innovations on campus, the president wanted to find ways that the program could continue to flourish by focusing on curricular issues.
Consultants were asked to evaluate the biology program at this private institution in the northeast. They evaluated core course requirements, upper-level courses, assessment tools for student learning, and the over-arching goals for biology majors in the program. The following recommendations will enable the institution to produce successful graduates that have many career options following graduation.