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Institutional Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes in the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering

The expectation for undergraduate students in biology, bioengineering, and computation and neural systems is that they will:

  1. have a basic understanding of the relevant scientific principles and observations,
  2. have the basic skills across the discipline to address problems in this science,
  3. be able to communicate this scientific knowledge to scientists and the public, and
  4. have had research experience.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

The Institute aims for these educational outcomes:

  • Graduates can analyze, synthesize, and communicate ideas.
  • Graduates demonstrate integrity, personal and professional responsibility, and respect for others.
  • Bachelor of Science graduates can identify, analyze, and solve challenging problems within and across science and engineering disciplines.
  • Bachelor of Science graduates can apply their analytic skills to other areas of knowledge and understand issues important in our society.
  • Master of Science graduates can apply advanced knowledge in a specialized area in preparation for their professional careers.
  • Doctor of Philosophy graduates can independently identify, analyze, and solve fundamental research problems with breadth and depth.

Core Curriculum Learning Outcomes

The Caltech Core Curriculum provides:

Substantive experience in problem solving, collaboration, and communication.

Students will be able to:
a. Manage increasing academic challenges while developing resilience and confidence.
b. Develop and satisfy their intellectual curiosity.
c. Collaborate effectively and ethically, recognizing diverse models of academic collaboration.
d. Communicate to a range of audiences through a variety of media.

A broad and rigorous foundation in the sciences.
Students will be able to:
a. Demonstrate understanding of foundational concepts from the sciences.
b. Use disciplinary thinking, analytical skills, and a range of methods in the sciences.
c. Apply their knowledge and skills to diverse problems within and across disciplines.

Significant study in the humanities and social sciences.
Students will be able to:
a. Explore and expand upon learning in fields beyond intended areas of specialization.
b. Appreciate and understand the contributions of the humanities, social sciences, and arts to human endeavors.
c. Engage in informed analysis of cultural, political, and economic issues.