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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 490
Course Title: *Senior Seminar
Number of:
Credit Hours 1
Lecture Hours 1
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

A seminar course required as a culminating experience prior to graduation for all seniors majoring in Biology and Environmental Science. Students complete and present a review of their major field and participate in career planning. Evaluation is Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U), with a grade of S required. Cross-lsited as ENVS 490.  Prerequisites: Senior standing, ENGL 112, 45 semester hours in BIOL/ENVS.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Senior standing, ENGL 112, 45 semester hours in BIOL/ENVS.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.


Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Conduct and present a review on major concepts in the field.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Critical analysis of scientific concepts
  • Employment opportunities and career planning
  • Administration of comprehensive major’s exam (i.e. Major Field Test)

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Peggy Wright Date: April 6, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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