The Basic Competencies of Biological Experimentation: Concept-Skill Statements

Nancy Pelaez
Trevor R. Anderson, Purdue University
Stephanie M. Gardner, Purdue University
Yue Yin, UIC
Joel K. Abraham, Cal State U Fullerton
Edward Bartlett, Purdue University
Cara Gormally, Gallaudet
Jeffrey P. Hill, Idaho State University
Mildred Hoover, Salem State University
Carol Hurney, Colby College
Tammy Long, Michigan State University
Dina L. Newman
Karen Sirum
Michael T. Stevens

Please contact Nancy Pelaez at to inform and acknowledge support from the US National Science Foundation if you use this work. Development of the work was funded by NSF #1346567. Any findings and recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


This biological experimentation competencies map is meant to provide opportunities for ACE Bio Network participants and other instructors or academic leaders in the biological sciences to study implementation of experimentation assessments across diverse institutional and curricular contexts. In addition to the document in pdf format, below is an additional link to a file in MSWord format so that you can easily modify it to guide assessment of student learning about experimentation, undergraduate biology instruction, curriculum development, professional faculty development, program evaluation, or review of research literature in a way that is appropriate to your own context.