Graduate Learning Outcomes for the MCB PhD program.

The primary goal for the MCB doctoral program is to provide graduate students with interdisciplinary training and education as well as opportunities for professional development so that they will be successful in their careers in academia or industry. The outcomes, as defined, are directed towards developing competence in scientific inquiry, such as developing a comprehensive and deep knowledge of the field(s) in which the thesis research is embedded, becoming current in research knowledge in other disciplines, practicing critical thinking and problem solving skills, understanding ethical principles and demonstrating ethical behavior as well as a producing creative and original contributions to science. These outcomes are measured by the program beginning with the admission process and continued throughout a student’s graduate studies through evaluation of coursework performance and annual reviews as well as at milestone events, such as the Preliminary Oral and Final Thesis defenses. To meet the primary goal described above the MCB program has adopted the following universal and specific learning outcomes for doctoral students:

A. The three graduate outcomes, as approved by Faculty Senate, are the following:

1. “As a result of successfully completing the requirements toward the Ph.D., students shall:

(a) produce and defend an original significant contribution to knowledge;
(b) demonstrate mastery of subject material; and
(c) be able to conduct scholarly activities in an ethical manner.” These outcomes will be assessed at the program level.

B. Graduate outcomes specific to the MCB program:

1. Students entering the MCB program will have successfully met the learning outcomes in an undergraduate discipline relevant to their graduate field of study.

2. Upon successful completion of the requirements for an MCB PhD, students shall: (a) be able to summarize major central tenets and issues as well as current research problems in their field and other disciplines both orally and in writing for peers and other audiences, including the lay public; (b) be able to communicate general scientific concepts and ideas to students in a classroom or laboratory setting; and (c) demonstrate attributes of professional development consistent with expectation within the field of study. These outcomes are to be assessed at the program level. Details in Table.