Natural Sciences Mission and SLOs


BA/BS in Chemistry Mission

The mission of the Chemistry Department, in support of and aligned with the missions of the University and College, is to offer major programs for those students wishing to concentrate their undergraduate studies in the field of chemistry. A program certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is offered for those students wishing to undertake graduate study in chemistry, enter professional schools or who wish to seek employment as chemists upon graduation. Our courses allow students to engage in new and current technologies and to develop research skills through our undergraduate research program.

The Department of Chemistry recognizes its obligation to guide its students to think analytically, critically and creatively through qualitative and quantitative reasoning in our discipline-based courses. The five basic Chemistry subdisciplines are introduced and reinforced with an integrated approach of laboratory, in silico, and classroom learning. By the end of th program, students will have a firm integrated understanding of basic chemical principles as demonstrated through a primary literature review, written comprehensive thesis and scientifically accurate presentation.

BA/BS in Chemistry Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLO1: Demonstrate a firm understanding of basic chemical principles as demonstrated by the reviewing of the primary literature and dictated by the American Chemical Society.

SLO2: Analyze multiple sources of data to synthesize scientific conclusions.

SLO3: Articulate the importance of chemical issues in the context of it's impact on society.

SLO4: Report and present chemical issues with modern technology in correct scientific format.



BA in Biology Mission

The mission of the Biology program, in support of and aligned with the missions of the University and College, is to provide a broad and challenging curriculum in the biological sciences. This curriculum prepares students for an extensive spectrum of careers in the life and health sciences. Students are immerged in an integrated curriculum of scientific concepts and principles and master modern technological laboratory skills. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in classical and modern biology and prepares students to be lifelong learners ready to meet the challenges of an ever-changing global society.

The program also provides preparation in elementary or secondary school teaching, in life science positions for industry and government, and post graduate studies in biology and allied health professions. The program offers opportunities for significant research experience to interested and qualified students. In addition, students in this major are prepared to pursue the graduate and/or joint degrees in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Podiatric Medicine, Medical Technology, Health Information Technology, and Physician Assistant programs through articulation agreements with other institutions.

The School of Natural Sciences also serves as the liaison for the joint B.S. degree in Health Information Management (HIM) with UMDNJ. This program prepares students to become competent registered HIM administrators for employment in all types of health care facilities.

BA in Biology Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLO1: Acquire the knowledge of fundamental concepts and principles which characterize living organisms and biological functions.

SLO2: Acquire the laboratory and field skills to gather and analyze data related biological questions.

SLO3: Develop skills in critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving.

SLO4: Develop the ability to apply biological principles to understand current issues.

SLO5: Develop the ability to effectively find, organize and use resources from the literature and present results in oral, visual and written communication.

SLO6: Develop an awareness of careers and professions available in the biological sciences.

SLO7: Acquire adequate preparation to enter health professional programs and/or the work force in related fields.

BA in Earth Science

BA in Earth Science Mission

The Earth Science, Geology and Meteorology Program at Kean University has several related goals that are aligned with the University and College Missions. The programs in Earth Science are designed to prepare the student for teacher certification in earth science and elementary education with an earth science specialization. The programs are also designed to prepare students for career in both public and private sectors jobs where diverse interdisciplinary knowledge in Earth Science discipline is required. The strong interdisciplinary approach and system approach to study the earth as a system cover a wide aspect from the traditional earth science specialty areas such as geology, meteorology, oceanography, geography, environment science and also astronomy. The mission of the program from these diverse specialties in earthscience is to provide students with strong scientific background, interdisciplinary problem solving skills and strong communication skills.

BA in Earth Science Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLO1: Identify and explain different steps involved in the study and analysis of earth science phenomena.

SLO2: Analyze processes generating earth science phenomena and explain their spatial and temporal distribution.

SLO3: Distinguish and characterize the interrelationship between earth science factors.

SLO4: Examine, articulate and illustrate the interaction between earth science phenomena and people.

SLO5: Demonstrate a good understanding and communication skills of earth science phenomena

KU Student Outcomes (KU): Kean University graduates should be able to:

1. Think critically, creatively and globally;

2. Adapt to changing social, economic, and technological environments;

3. Serve as active and contributing members of their communities; and

4. Advance their knowledge in the traditional disciplines (GE) and enhance their skills in professional areas

**General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Knowledge (GE-K): Students will demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and content by:

(K1) applying the scientific method to comprehend natural concepts and processes;

(K2) evaluating major theories and concepts in social sciences;

(K3) relating historical references to literature; and

(K4) evaluating major theories and concepts in the fine arts.

Skills (GE-S): Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to:

(S1) write to communicate and clarify learning;

(S2) communicate effectively through speech;

(S3) solve problems using quantitative reasoning;

(S4) think critically about concepts in multiple disciplines; and

(S5) show information literacy

Values (GE-V): Students will demonstrate personal, social and ethical responsibility as a part of lifelong learning through:

(V1) personal responsibility;

(V2) ethical & social responsibility;

(V3) active in social & civic engagement;

(V4) respect for diverse culture; and

(V5) lifelong learning

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