Biochemistry & Biophysics Learning Goals

By graduation a Biochemistry & Biophysics (BCBP) major should be able to:

  • Apply a breadth of knowledge from across the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics to define and solve problems at the interface of the life and physical sciences.
  • Generate biochemical/biophysical hypotheses; design and execute experiments to test hypotheses; analyze and interpret data to draw meaningful conclusions from experimental results.
  • Effectively communicate biochemical/biophysical concepts and research results orally and in written form to either general or specialized audiences.
  • Conduct and present classroom and independent work responsibly and within the highest scientific standards of honesty, accuracy, and objectivity.
  • Navigate the scientific literature effectively to retrieve specific information and to inform broader research questions; critically assess the experimental design, results, and conclusions of articles published in the primary literature.