The Natural Sciences Department at Emmanuel College offers the following degree programs:
Biology - Upon completion of the Biology Program at Emmanuel College our majors will be well prepared for technical careers and further graduate studies in specialized Biology fields such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Environmental Science, etc.; medical studies including Physician’s Assistant, Clinical Nurse Leader, etc.; and careers requiring technical knowledge in Biological Sciences.
Biology (Pre-Pharmacy Concentration) - The BS-Biology degree with a Pre-Pharmacy Concentration at Emmanuel College is designed to allow the student to meet the various admissions requirements of many Doctor of Pharmacy programs while working to ward the completion of a bachelor’s degree with a Christian liberal arts core. Most Doctor of Pharmacy programs require the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) as part of the application, for which students will need to study and prepare to afford the best chance of entrance into the Doctor of Pharmacy program of their choice. Because admissions requirements vary greatly between School of Pharmacy programs, the student will need to carefully review the requirements of the particular Doctor of Pharmacy program(s) of interest to ensure successful completion of that school’s admissions requirements.
Biology (Pre-Professional Studies Concentration) - Pre-Dental or Pre-Medical - The BS-Biology degree with a Pre-Professional Concentration at Emmanuel College is designed to fulfill the admissions requirements for entrance into many professional medical programs including Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Optometry, Doctor of Dentistry, etc. The program provides a challenging and rigorous course of study designed to prepare students to think critically, learn, retain and apply large amounts of information to successfully solve problems. Most graduate programs in the medical or dental fields require a test (MCAT, DAT, OAT, etc.) as part of the application, for which students will need to study and prepare to afford the best chance of entrance into the program of their choice. Since these requirements vary among these graduate programs, the student will need to review the entrance requirements for programs of interest to ensure that all requirements for that program are met.
The BS-Biology degree with a Pre-Veterinary Concentration at Emmanuel College is designed to fulfill the admissions requirements for entrance to many Doctor of Veterinary Medicine professional programs. The program provides a challenging and rigorous course of study designed to prepare students to think critically, learn and retain large amounts of information, and apply that knowledge to situations at hand to solve problems. Most doctor of veterinary medicine programs require the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test as part of the application, for which students will need to study and prepare to afford the best chance of entrance into the program of their choice. The requirements for these programs vary among those schools that offer doctor of veterinary medicine graduate training; therefore, the student will need to review the entrance requirements for
programs of interest to ensure that all prerequisites for that program are met prior to making application.
Allied Health (AA) - The Allied Health Program at Emmanuel College is designed to provide the undergraduate prerequisites for a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, nuclear and radiological sciences, respiratory therapy, clinical laboratory science, dental hygiene, health informatics, medical illustrations and many other health-related careers. Since the prerequisites of each of the above-mentioned Allied Health fields vary, the student should work closely with their Allied Health adviser to choose the required prerequisites for their transfer institution.
GOALS AND STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of the Biology program, graduates should be able to demonstrate the following:
- Graduates will have a working knowledge of biological vocabulary.
- Graduates should be able to explain the concepts in the following six critical areas of biology in their own words: interaction and interdependence; genetic continuity and reproduction; growth, development, and differentiation; energy; matter; and organization.
- Graduates will be able to articulate what the scientific process means philosophically (i.e., be able to distinguish science from non-science).
- Graduates will be able to describe the place of biology among other disciplines and the interactions between biology and society.
II. Use of technology to create knowledge
- Graduates will know the scientific techniques of observation, measurement, sampling and analysis.
- Graduates will demonstrate an ability to use laboratory and computer technologies to gather information, analyze, and communicate findings.
- Graduates will demonstrate a working knowledge of processes, protocols, and proper operation of instrumentation and software that provide them with information and analyses on biological phenomena.
- Graduates will demonstrate a working knowledge of the various technological tools used in biological research.
III. Communication of knowledge
- Graduate will be able to clearly articulate the problem at hand or objective of study, and then analyze and discuss the available data, drawing conclusions warranted by the evidence
- Graduates will be competent in scientific writing and oral communication.
- Graduates will know and be able to apply the scientific method (i.e., to understand procedural knowledge and skills so that one can carry out a scientific study as well as critically analyze the work of others -- part of structural biological literacy). This includes the ability to develop hypotheses and make predictions; design experiments to test hypotheses; and critically evaluate results and draw conclusions.
- Graduates will be able to develop a clear, relevant research prospectus. The question should address precisely what the student wants to know. Properly formulated, a well-constructed question will guide the student research process.
- The graduate will be able to communicate the research process and his/her conclusions. No research project is complete until the final product is disseminated in a format suitable for presentation to an interested community. A presentation may be written, visual, verbal or use other means consistent with professional norms as long as the final product adequately communicates to the intended audience.