Biology Mission and Outcomes


In accordance with the history and tradition of Clarke University and the BVM congregation, the Biology department provides a challenging yet supportive learning environment to foster personal and intellectual growth. We educate our students to be scientifically literate as well as socially and environmentally responsible citizens.


  1. Ensure that our biologists are prepared for the challenges of the future.

  2. Educate students across the institution by offering courses in the basic disciplines of biology, including molecular, cellular, organismal, ecological, and evolutionary, with emphasis on the interrelationships among these fields.

  3. Train scientists by providing the opportunity for students to perform scientific research, writing and presentations.

  4. Prepare students for graduate programs in the life sciences and professional programs in health care, as well as for highly competitive entry-level positions requiring a BSlevel background in biology.


Students will demonstrate:

  1. Biological knowledge appropriate for course level.

  2. A working knowledge of the scientific method.

  3. The ability to communicate scientific concepts and findings, both in oral and written format.

  4. An awareness of ethical issues in the life sciences.

  5. Proper use of equipment, technology, and materials appropriate for the discipline.



  • Support Clarke - Spring
  • Arts at Clarke 2016
  • Transfer Fall 2015