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Vision and Change and our new biology curriculum

​​​"Vision and Change" was developed by AAAS and NSF, providing recommendations for transforming undergraduate biology education.  The report concluded:

  • "Biology in the 21st century (NRC, 2009) requires that undergraduates learn how to integrate concepts across levels of organization and complexity and to synthesize and analyze information that connects conceptual domains."
  • "Make undergraduate courses more student centered and relevant"
  • "Today's biologists need new skills, including the ability to think and contribute outside their disciplinary boundries"

​The report developed 5 core concepts and 6 core competencies that should be part of a 21st century undergraduate biology curriculum.

​​Vision and Change Core Concepts  ​​Vision and Change Core Competency
​Evolution​Ability to apply the process of science
​Struct​ure and Function​​Ability to use quantitative reasoning
​Information Flow, Exchange, & Storage​Ability to use modeling and simulation
​Pathways/Transformations of Energy & Matter​Ability to tap into the Interdisciplinary nature of science
​Systems​Ability to communicate and collaborate with other disciplines
​Ability to understand and relationship between science and society


​​View the Vision and Change final report HERE