In this capstone contract course, students demonstrate fulfillment of the various outcomes of their concentration courses. Each student will complete the capstone project to demonstrate that the student understands clearly his or her concentration, has mastered the content of the selected field(s) of study, and can synthesize and apply what he or she has learned. The capstone project may take one of several formats: a research paper, scholarly essay, portfolio, presentation of creative work, business plan, case study, or any other mode appropriate to the student’s interest and experience. A minimum grade of “C” must be earned to meet the requirements of the concentration. (3 credits)
Biology is the study of life forms. This concentration is based on theoretical concepts rather than application of theory as in health sciences.
- Students must have completed most of their concentration courses and take this course in their last semester. Academic Counselor approval is required to register.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who graduate with a concentration in Biology will be able to:
- apply knowledge of subject matter from across the full range of biology curricula, including:
- core biological concepts; and
- skills necessary for lifelong professional learning in biological sciences;
- apply problem solving and critical thinking skills in the biological sciences, including:
- generating hypotheses, designing approaches to test the hypotheses, and interpreting the data from those tests to reach valid conclusions; and
- explaining the importance of ethics in conducting scientific experiments and research;
- apply appropriate quantitative skills for the study of biology;
- use information literacy skills to find, read, and critically evaluate original scientific literature in biological sciences;
- use appropriate communication skills to present scientific information; and
- perform basic laboratory skills.
Course Activities and Grading
3 Assignments @ 10 points each (Weeks 2, 4 & 6)
Capstone Project (Final project) (Week 8)
- There are no required textbooks to purchase, however, students may find it helpful to refer to materials from previous courses.
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.