The passage of the Comprehensive Examination is a requirement (one of the General Education Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences) for graduation. The Comprehensive Examination will only be offered once per semester (there will not be any make up examinations for students who fail), therefore, you should take the preparation and passing of this examination very seriously. If you fail, you will not graduate until you pass a subsequently offered Comprehensive Examination in a future semester.
Comprehensive Examination will contain the following sections:
A. Core Requirements (60%): Sixty (60) multiple choice questions from the Biology Core Courses: i) Twenty (20) multiple choice questions from Biology 101, ii) Twenty (20) multiple choice questions from Biology 102, and iii) Twenty (20) multiple choice questions from Genetics (Biology 200). These sixty (60) multiple choice questions from the Biology Core Courses will constitute 60% of your examination score.
B. Elective Essays in 200 & 300 Level Courses (40%): You are to write four essays (10% each which may be up to two pages long). Note: Only two (2) of the five (5) possible essay questions listed in this Study Guide for the various elective courses will appear on the Comprehensive Examination. You may answer up to two essay questions in any particular elective area.
The maximum score on the examination is 100%. The minimum passing score is 60%.
The time allotted for the examination is 3 hours. The examination will begin promptly at 9 AM and end at 12 PM (noon). You should arrive at the examination site, the E.E. Just Hall Auditorium, at 8:30 AM to fill out the data card that, along with your Student ID, is required for you to receive an examination.
Students are not permitted to enter the examination area with cell phones [digital/electronic devices], papers, purses, bags, or books. Individuals found to have such items within the examination area shall be given a grade of zero percent (0%) for the examination.
Students are permitted to leave the room during the course of the examination only for cases of dire emergency! Take care of biological needs PRIOR to entering the room.
All essay questions on the examinations are to be written in ink. Multiple choice questions are to be recorded on the answer forms (ScanTron) with a #2 lead pencil. You are required to bring your own ink pen and pencil.
Test results will be emailed to students after they are submitted to the Office of the Dean.
Students who wish to review their scored examinations should make arrangements to do so by emailing Dr. Stacy C Farina, firstname.lastname@example.org, within a 3 day period following receipt of the score.