ERIC Number: ED296897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
Undergraduate Biology Curriculum Survey.
Worth, Charles; Hanne, Larry
Results are presented from a 1986 survey of college biology programs. A random sample of biology departments that offer post-baccalaureate degrees were sent questionnaires (30% of 232 responded) that focused on four areas: current departmental practices, anticipated changes in faculty curricular specialization, attracting students to the major, and departmental experiences with self-evaluation. These departments had relatively equal distributions of faculty expertise in molecular, cellular, organismic, and ecological/environmental biology. Most faculty were involved in research and half obtained off-campus grant support. About two-thirds of the departments anticipated expansion in molecular biology or areas requiring molecular techniques. Most programs offered a non-majors course emphasizing the excitement, fun and relevance of biology; few students seemed to take biology for elective or personal reasons. Almost all departments have undertaken self-study and found the process productive. This publication includes a copy of the questionnaire and tables of the responses to each item as appendices. (Author/CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, College Curriculum, College Faculty, College Science, Higher Education, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Science Education, Surveys
Charles Worth, Office of Institutional Research, California State University, Chico, CA 95929-0850.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Chico.