Students wishing to take Biology 2304/2101 Human Anatomy must first pass an assessment test with a 70% or better before they are allowed to enroll in the course.
Students wishing to take Biol 2305/2102 Human Physiology must first pass an assessment test with a 70% or better before they are allowed to enroll in the course.
The above are seperate tests. Passing the test for one class does not enable a student to enroll in the other class in the sequence.
The assessment tests evaluate if students have the necessary background preparation to succeed in their required anatomy and physiology courses. Our data indicates that students who enroll in these courses without sufficient preparation do not do well, losing the time and money they invested.
The Human Anatomy assessment tests cover the state-wide objectives of high school biology. The Human Physiology assessment tests cover the state-wide objectives of high school chemistry. Students who have a good grounding in basic high school level biology and chemistry have a much higher success rate (defined as earning a "C" or better final grade) in subsequent anatomy and physiology courses. Instead of directing Health Sciences students to take BIOL 1406 Cellular and Molecular Biology to prepare for Human Anatomy and at least CHEM 1305/1105 Introductory Chemistry to prepare for Human Physiology, the Biology Department implemented the assessment tests to help students identify any areas in which they had insufficient knowledge to succeed. In addition, the department designed a variety of paths to gain the necessary knowledge and skills including 1) BIOL 1308 Biology Fundamentals, a one semester lecture course on basic biology that includes tips on study skills, 2) short continuing education courses that provide a quick review of basic biology and 3) online PowerPoint self-study modules for those who need only a quick refresher. All these option may be found on the Test Preparation page. Biology faculty are also always available to speak with students about how to achieve their academic goals.
Once assessment testing was implemented student success rates increased by almost 20% and more students earned As and Bs in anatomy and physiology courses. Students are better prepared and fewer students either drop the courses or repeat them for better grades. The assessment tests are thus a highly effective component of the Department's student success strategy.