Essays

Introductory Biology Courses at Pomona College
Laura Hoopes, Pomona College
A private liberal-arts college redesigns its introductory biology course sequence to make it more investigative and research-oriented from the start in order to increase student interest in research in the natural sciences and to motivate underrepresented minority students to pursue degrees in the biological sciences.

Learning Goals for Biology Programs
Board on Life Sciences, National Research Council
The Board on Life Sciences of the National Research Council recently released a report entitled BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Edcuation for Future Research Biologists. This report sets forth a set of recommended learning goals for biology programs, as well as concepts from other STEM disciplines with which biology students should be familiar.

Teaching Cell Biology Today: Incorporating Contemporary Issues into a Collection of Teaching Modules
Katayoun Chamany, Eugene Lang College of the New School University
A web-accessible supplement for cell biology courses provides students with the opportunity students to learn the fundamental principles and methods of cell biology and learn how to apply this knowledge to other disciplines and their everyday lives.

A New Direction for Biological Education: The Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT)
A. Malcolm Campbell, Davidson College
A faculty member at a small liberal-arts college makes use of technology to promote the idea of research in undergraduate education by founding the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT). GCAT is a non-profit educational consortium dedicated to bringing genomic methods into the undergraduate curriculum.

Linking Departmental & Institutional Mission: The Morehouse Experience
J.K. Haynes, Morehouse College
Biologists at Morehouse College restructured their curriculum and realized that a re-examination of their departmental goals may be in order. In the course of this review, they discovered that those departmental goals that were not aligned with the institutional mission were unlikely to be achieved. A further review to link departmental and institutional mission resulted.