Biology

Biology Mission Statement:

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree program at Kentucky State University is to prepare our undergraduate students, especially from underrepresented groups and minorities, for graduate and professional degree programs, teaching positions in biology and related fields and careers in industry. We seeks to facilitate student learning by providing excellent undergraduate learning experiences, including conducting mentored research, and opportunities for participation in other practical experiences. We are committed to producing graduates who have the conceptual knowledge, laboratory-based and analytical skills, as well as the ethical mindset to be engaged citizens.

Biology Vision Statement:

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree program at Kentucky State University will embody the university’s HBCU heritage by providing excellent education in Biology utilizing student-centered approaches, innovative instruction, peer-led and collaborative learning, mentored undergraduate research, and other evidence-based practices.

We will maintain our close-knit, student-centered community while we enhance our instructional excellence by facilitating faculty professional development, scholarly activity, mentorship of students, and service.


Biology Core Values:

  1. Our students and their success
  2. Student-centered learning
  3. Academic rigor
  4. Evidence-based practices
  5. Continuous program improvements based on input from all stakeholders
  6. Collegiality, professionalism, and mutual respect

Biology Program Outcomes:

Foundations of Knowledge:

Students who graduate with a B.S. in Biology will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the five core concepts of Biology: evolution; transformations of energy and matter; information flow; structure and function; and biological systems.
  • Integrate and apply principles of chemistry, physics, and mathematics to biology.

Inquiry and Analytical Skills:

Students who graduate with a B.S. in Biology will be able to:

  • Apply the process of science to make observations, formulate testable hypotheses, and perform experiments.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data to draw appropriate conclusions.
  • Demonstrate the use of good laboratory practices.

Communication and Professional Skills:

Students who graduate with a B.S. in Biology will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate scientific data and concepts orally and in writing.
  • Read, comprehend, and analyze scientific literature.
  • Collaborate and communicate within biology and across disciplines.
  • Apply biology to issues facing our society.