The Department of Biology at Kenyon College is committed to helping students acquire the ability to:
1. Think critically about biology.
2. Integrate across biological sub-disciplines.
3. Connect biology to other aspects of human endeavor.
4. Communicate scientific information effectively.
5. Creatively apply modern approaches to new questions.
To accomplish this mission, we:
In the context of a liberal education, we want our students to gain a profound appreciation for science as a way of knowing about the world. We expect them to: 1) engage directly in the scientific process through experimentation; 2) understand the process by which new ideas are generated and tested; 3) perceive the role of science as a generator of new knowledge and as an instrument for social change; 4) learn to approach new ideas and concepts with a healthy scientific skepticism.
The Biology Department provides ways for students:
The Biology curriculum enhances the educational experiences of majors and non-majors engaged in a variety of intellectual and personal pursuits. In particular, it:
The Biology Department trains students in the tools necessary to appreciate and engage in the discovery of biological knowledge, including the ability:
Annual meeting of the department’s faculty to discuss assessment outcomes and prepare the Departmental Outcomes Assessment Report. We discuss all of the above data at this meeting and determine whether we need to consider changes in curriculum or pedagogy. We also evaluate whether the assessment tools are providing useful and complete information.