Health Sciences Studies (A.S.)

Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Students will be able to prepare a professional quality technical report:
    • be able to conduct a scientific library search
    • be acquainted with scientific references
    • be able to create data tables and plots using appropriate software
    • be able to properly cite references
    • be able to use an office suite program to:
      • 1. present an acceptable oral report
      • 2. present an acceptable written report
  2. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the nature of science:
    • understand the difference between observation and inference
    • be able to propose and test a working hypothesis using experimental data
    • be able to read and assimilate articles published in a scientific journal
  3. Students will demonstrate good lab practice:
    • be able to keep a proper lab notebook
    • be knowledgeable in lab safety (including the safe handling of bio-hazardous waste, chemical waste, and sharps).
    • be able to prepare molar and % w/v solutions
    • be able to properly operate and interpret data from specified instruments:
      • 1. pH meter
      • 2. spectrophotometer
      • 3. dissecting microscope
      • 4. brightfield microscope
      • 5. electonic balance
  4. Students will understand and demonstrate standard ethical practices:
    • will understand the nature of plagiarism as well as the immutability of data
  5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of comparative anatomy through dissection, microscopic examination, and macroscopic examination.
  6. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles common to living things: DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis; structure-function relationship of cellular organelles; and sexual and asexual reproduction.
  7. Students will demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts in genetic engineering: mechanisms of bacterial DNA exchange, DNA characterization, and genetic cloning.
  8. Students will demonstrate the ability to perform as part of a team in group activities.
  9. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills by:
    • developing well reasoned arguments
    • evaluating arguments in the works of others