Report prepared for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
This report contains an assessment fo BioCalc MATH 120 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign conducted in 2001 by the UIUC Hughes Program staff. This report provides the following information about BioCalc at UIUC:
Role of MATH 120 in undergraduate biology options
Background and history
Method of assessment
The results of our evaluation demonstrate the following:
The Biocalc option is equally attractive to all life sciences students requires to take MATH 120. No life sciences option is over- or underrepresented.
BioCalc students receive higher grades in MATH 120 than non-BioCalc students.
BioCalc students are as well-prepared for MATH 130 as non-BioCalc students, as judged by grades obtained in MATH 130.
BioCalc students are significantly more likely to take an additional math course than non-BioCalc students.
BioCalc students are slightly more likely to remain in a biological science major than non-BioCalc students.
CalcPrime successfully prepares students who do not place into MATH 120 for BioCalc.