Transferable skills are those skills you acquire during any activity in your life that can be applied in other situations. You can acquire skills through all sorts of activities: employment, projects, volunteer work, hobbies, sports, and family time. The specialist knowledge you will develop in biology is highly marketable within the life sciences fields. You will gain other skills that are transferable to a wide range of employment such as health care, business, and human resources.
Four types of skills that all undergraduates (regardless of major) are expected to develop:
- Intellectual - comprehension, critical reasoning, analytical, evaluation, planning and information-gathering, report writing.
- Communication - clarity of writing, layout and presentation of oral and written material, referencing, use of appendices, bibliographies, glossaries, indexes, and figures/tables.
- Organizational - prepare for exams, organize and complete assignments, time management, working under pressure.
- Interpersonal - negotiation, diplomacy, flexibility, adaptability, teamwork as well as independent work, delegation, and self-motivation.
The knowledge that all biology students are expected to develop:
- Foundational knowledge - structure, function, physiology, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution of organisms.
- Applied knowledge
- Research – use the scientific method to answer questions, hypothesis construction, use of primary sources (reading, understanding, and citing scientific literature), monitoring and recording data, data management, statistical analysis, critical analysis of results.
- Numeracy - mathematical ability is necessary in most fields, and it is important that all students maintain at least a rudimentary comprehension of numeracy.
- Computer literacy - typing speed and accuracy, text formatting, spreadsheet use, formal presentation construction, academic and professional use of web search engines and email.
Bengal Survival Skills
BE PREPARED AND RESPONSIBLE
EMBRACE POSITIVE CHOICES
NURTURE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
GIVE RESPECT TO SELF AND OTHERS
ACT ON TIME AND ON TASK
LABOR FOR SUCCESS