Accreditation and Assessment

Accreditation and Assessment information follows for Applied Biological Sciences and Chemistry.

Applied Biological Sciences

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor's of Science in Applied Biological Sciences (ABS) supports the Vision and Mission of SDSM&T by training students at the interface of the disciplines of applied biology and engineering, providing strong preparation in chemistry, mathematics and physics and preparing students for diverse careers in applied biology, including biomedical engineering, molecular biology, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and patent law.

Program Learning Objectives

      Discipline-specific knowledge: 

  1. Graduates will understand Applied Biological Sciences based on principles of basic sciences and mathematics, preparing them for professional careers and graduate or professional school in Applied Biological Sciences.
  2. Graduates will acquire laboratory and data analysis skills required for careers in ABS, graduate or professional school through laboratory courses and independent research experiences.

    Communication: 
  3. Graduates will communicate effectively and professionally through written and oral means on aspects of applied biological sciences.

    Critical Thinking:
  4. Graduates will master problem-solving skills in applied biological sciences.

Student Learning Outcomes

      Discipline-specific knowledge:

  1. a -- Graduates will demonstrate understanding of mathematics and basic sciences, including chemistry and physics.
    b -- Graduates will demonstrate understanding of principles of Applied Biological Sciences.  
  2. Graduates will demonstrate laboratory and data analysis skills commensurate with entry-level positions in graduate and professional schools.

    Communication:   
  3. a -- Graduates can give effective oral presentations on an aspect of applied biological sciences learned from course work, the literature, or laboratory research.
    b -- Graduates can compose effective written presentations on an aspect of applied biological sciences learned from course work, the literature, or laboratory research.

    Critical Thinking: 
  4. a -- Graduates will demonstrate mastery of problem-solving skills in applied biological sciences.
    b -- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to integrate problem-solving skills into research-related problems.

Assessment Measures

      Discipline-specific knowledge: 

  1. Applied Biological Sciences Basic Knowledge
    Students will attain 80% or better on embedded questions in the final exams of required ABS Courses BIOL 151, BIOL 153, BIOL 331, and BIOL 371.
  2. Applied Biological Sciences Advanced Knowledge
    Students will attain 80% or better on embedded questions in the final exams of advanced required (BIOL 436, BIOL 480, and CHEM 465) or 400 level elective ABS Courses.   
  3. Applied Biological Sciences Laboratory-Based Knowledge
    Students will attain a rating of proficient or exemplary in describing and analyzing laboratory experiences by synthesizing this into Laboratory Notebooks or Laboratory Reports.

    Communication: 
  4. Written Presentation: 
    Students will attain 80% or better on their final written presentation in CHEM 465L.  
  5. Oral presentation:
    Students will attain 80% or better on their final oral presentation in BIOL 371L.

    Critical Thinking
  6. Problem Solving:
    Students will attain 80% or better on embedded problem solving questions in BIOL 371, BIOL 436, BIOL 480, and CHEM 465.
  7. Integration of Problem Solving Skills in Research:
    Students will attain 80% or better on their research experience in CHEM 465L or Undergraduate Research BIOL 498.  

Chemistry

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry supports the Vision and Mission of SDSM&T by training students in Chemistry, providing undergraduate Chemistry courses that meet the requirements for an American Chemical Society (ACS) certified Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, preparing students for careers in research and development in private industry or government, and providing the student an excellent foundation for graduate study in Chemistry or other graduate degrees.

Program Learning Objectives

      Discipline-specific knowledge: 

  1. Graduates will understand Chemistry based on principles of basic sciences and mathematics, preparing them for careers, graduate school, or professional school.
  2. Graduates will acquire laboratory and data analysis skills required for careers in Chemistry, graduate or professional school through laboratory courses and independent student research.

    Communication: 
  3. Graduates will communicate effectively and professionally through written and oral means on aspects of Chemistry.

    Critical Thinking:
  4. Graduates will master problem-solving skills in Chemistry.

Student Learning Outcomes

      Discipline-specific knowledge:

  1. a -- Graduates will demonstrate understanding of mathematics and physics.
    b -- Graduates will demonstrate understanding of areas of Chemistry, including analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical. 
  2. Graduates will demonstrate laboratory and data analysis skills commensurate with entry-level positions in graduate and professional schools.

    Communication:   
  3. a -- Graduates can give effective oral presentations on an aspect of Chemistry learned from course work, the literature, or laboratory research.
    b -- Graduates can compose effective written presentations on as aspect of Chemistry learned from course work, the literature, or laboratory research.

    Critical Thinking: 
  4. a -- Graduates will demonstrate mastery of problem-solving skills in Chemistry.
    b -- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to integrate problem-solving skills into research-related problems.

Assessment Measures

      Discipline-specific knowledge: 

  1. Chemistry Sciences Basic Knowledge
    Students will attain 80% or better on embedded questions in the final exams of required foundational Chemistry courses CHEM 252, CHEM 326, CHEM 332, CHEM 342, and CHEM 464.
  2. Chemistry Advanced Knowledge
    Students will attain 80% or better on embedded questions in the final exams of in-depth Chemistry courses (including CHEM 328, CHEM 344, CHEM 434, CHEM 452, and CHEM 482).    
  3. Chemistry Laboratory-Based Knowledge
    Students will attain a rating of proficient or exemplary in describing and analyzing laboratory experiences by synthesizing this into Laboratory Notebooks or Laboratory Reports.

    Communication: 
  4. Written Presentation: 
    Students will attain 80% or better on their final written presentation in CHEM 328L and CHEM 370.
  5. Oral presentation:
    Students will attain 80% or better on their final oral presentation in CHEM 370, CHM 452, and CHEM 490.

    Critical Thinking
  6. Problem Solving:
    Students will attain 80% or better on embedded problem solving questions in CHEM 328, CHEM 434, and CHEM 465.
  7. Integration of Problem Solving Skills in Research:
    Students will attain 80% or better on their research experience in CHEM 452, CHEM 465L or CHEM 498 Undergraduate Research.