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ERIC Number: EJ789303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8175
Implementation and Assessment of a Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics Undergraduate Degree Program
Pham, Daphne Q. -D.; Higgs, David C.; Statham, Anne; Schleiter, Mary Kay
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v36 n2 p106-115 Mar-Apr 2008
The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has developed and implemented an innovative, multidisciplinary undergraduate curriculum in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics (MBB). The objective of the MBB program is to give students a hands-on facility with molecular biology theories and laboratory techniques, an understanding of mathematical and physical concepts, an ability to apply these concepts to MBB, and a proficiency with the computational tools and skills related to bioinformatics. We hypothesized that a greater exposure to bioinformatics methods, more rigorous requirements in math and computer science, and a constant demand for integrating information in hands-on laboratory courses would help students develop better analytical skills. Indeed, the assessment data support these predictions. Interestingly, 80% of MBB majors apply and are accepted into graduate schools. (Contains 3 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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