How We Teach Biology at Beloit College
We teach science the way it is practiced by scientists: as a hypothesis-driven method of inquiry and persuasion.
- Students learn fundamental biological principles, biometric analyses, current field methods, and important laboratory techniques in workshop and laboratory courses.
- In their Biology courses, students work in cooperative/collaborative groups that design and implement research, and analyze and present their results.
- Students read and critically evaluate research papers published in biological journals.
- Students do independent research projects and participate in internships.
- Some student research is presented at professional conferences and published in biological journals.
- Students may submit a report of original research or a review article for publication in The Beloit Biologist, the department journal.
Our Biology curriculum is built on the five benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice:
- Academic challenge
- Active and collaborative learning
- Student interaction with faculty members
- Enriching educational experiences
- Supportive campus environment