Goal 1: Knowledge of fundamental biological processes at organism, physiological, cellular and molecular levels. Basic understanding of principles of chemistry and their applications to living systems; properties of bio-molecules and their contribution to structure and function of cells.
Outcome 1: Demonstrate knowledge of the structural and functional organization of the living cells. Describe properties of bio-molecules. Explain how macromolecules catalyze chemical transformations and build complex multi-molecular structures of the cell. Exhibit familiarity with the major techniques for studying structure and function of cells at molecular level.
Outcome 2: Explain how macromolecules store and transmit hereditary information. Demonstrate understanding of their molecular structure/function relationships. Understand the impact of variation on biological function.
Goal 2: Understanding of computer programming methodology; including algorithm design and program development, utilizing mathematical concepts and tools. Capability of designing and applying software tools for biological data analysis.
Outcome 4: Demonstrate understanding of algorithms and computational methods in bioinformatics. Be able to apply existing computational tools to solve biological problems and perform data analysis.
Outcome 5: Demonstrate strong programming skills. Possess an understanding of the practices and dynamics required to develop bioinformatics software.
Outcome 6: Demonstrate basic understanding of the design, applications and significance of biological databases. Extract, evaluate and manipulate relevant data from large biological data sets.
Goal 3: Integrated knowledge and technical skills gained from diverse scientific disciplines of biochemical, mathematical, computational and life sciences; understanding key problems, possible solutions, and latest advances in bioinformatics.
Outcome 3: Demonstrate the ability to resolve scientific problems by applying an integrated approach derived from up-to-date technical skills of biological, chemical, mathematical and computational disciplines.
Goal 4: Understanding of the process of scientific inquiry, preparation for rigorous research, quantitative problem solving skills, data analysis and interpretation of results.
Outcome 7: Demonstrate the capability of making scientific observations, develop appropriate hypotheses and design experiments to test the hypotheses. Be able to statistically validate and quantitatively analyze the results obtained from the experiments, interpret the outcomes and make inferences. Write logical and cohesive scientific reports.
Outcome 8: Demonstrate the capability to critically evaluate scientific literature. Design and conduct an original research project, critically analyze the results and present scientific findings orally and in a written report.