Fall 2002




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  1. Assessment
  2. Active student learning opportunities:
  3. Strategies to improve P-16 teaching and learning: The Department of Biological Sciences is part of the MSNS program that is designed to allow practicing teachers to come back to campus in the summers to complete a Masters degree in field in three summers. This program is extremely popular and allows many junior high and secondary science teachers to become certified in more than one area (chemistry, biology, physics, earth sciences) and/or allows teachers to get more training in their chosen field. Currently there are approximately 40 students enrolled in this interdisciplinary program.
  4. Collaborative activities with business/industry: The Department of Biological Sciences has had a formalized internship agreement with the City of Charleston (water treatment facility) and the Illinois Natural History Survey (Lake Shelbyville Laboratory) for the past decade. Students from our program work in these facilities essentially every summer and often during the school year. We have also had an agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources who pick several students (usually Graduate Students) annually to intern for a 12-month period.
  5. Pass rates on any professional/ occupational licensure exams:NA
  6. Faculty Achievements: Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences have been incredibly active in the area of publications, acquisition of extramural and intramural grants, receiving awards and holding offices in scientific societies. Since the formation of the Department in 1999, it is in these areas and the mentoring of students where the department has made the greatest strides. During 2001-date, the Biologists have published over 60 full length peer-reviewed publications, presented over 120 posters, podium presentations and abstracts and 13 faculty have received extramural funding totaling over $1,000,000! In addition, faculty have/held offices is regional, national and international societies and many faculty routinely review manuscripts and grant proposals for a wide variety of scientific journals and funding agencies (e.g., NSF, NIH, USDA, etc.).
  7. Student Achievements

BIO Data Spreadsheet (Excel)

  1. Enrollment: Undergraduate: 460;
    Graduate: 34
  2. Degrees: Undergraduate: 7;
    Graduate: 10
  3. Student Major Statistics
    • Full-time students: Undergraduate: 442;
      Graduate: 30
    • Part-time students: Undergraduate: 18;
      Graduate: 4
    • Diversity: Undergraduate: 45;
      Graduate: 0
    • ACT: Undergraduate: 22.57
    • GPA: Undergraduate: 2.9;
      Graduate: 3.1
  4. Faculty Statistics
    • Total faculty headcount: 32
    • Total FTE faculty: 32
    • Full-time faculty: 32
    • Part-time faculty: 0
    • # faculty on leave: 1
    • Total tenured/tenure track faculty:23
    • Faculty break down by rank:
      1. Professor: 6
      2. Associate: 14
      3. Assistant: 3
      4. Instructor:9
    • # w/Terminal degrees: 24
    • Total annually-contracted faculty: 9
      1. # w/Terminal degrees: 1
    • Non-negotiated part-time faculty: 0
    • Gender: 22 males, 10 females
    • Diversity: 2 non-white
  5. Credit Hour Production Total: 15,563
  6. Discipline cost per credit hour by level: $225.78
  7. Direct Cost Per Credit Hour Total: $121.00
  8. Freshman-Sophomore Retention Rate: 82%
  9. Average Actual Hours to Degree: 143
  10. Required Hours to Degree: 120