Overview

Pursuing a Biology degree from CWI will give you the opportunity to choose from a number of distinct focus areas that can prepare you for a variety of careers and advanced science degrees. With associate degrees offered in Biology, Biology—Healthcare, and Biology—Natural Resources, you can focus your studies on an area of the discipline that interests you the most. While being introduced to life sciences like cellular and molecular processes, organism physiology, biochemistry, botany, and genetics, you can also study more-specialized subjects like medical terminology, nutrition, anthropology, ecology, chemistry, and geology. Whether it is biochemistry, zoology, pre-med, radiology, or another life science, start with a CWI Biology program and customize a degree to meet your goals.

Mission

Our mission is to provide an outstanding and supportive educational environment that encourages student and faculty growth and promotes the discovery and broad communication of knowledge about the biology of organisms.

Why This Program

This program will prepare students to go into a number of professional careers. The broad focus provides a base that will allow the student to specialize within their four-year degree without narrowing their focus at the beginning of their academic plan when they may not have specifically decided what they want to do when they graduate.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Gain a robust foundation that will support the growth of your comprehensive knowledge of the biology and evolution of organisms
  • Become a critical thinker that utilizes scientific approaches and knowledge to address questions regarding the natural world
  • Gain the ability to employ appropriate experimental design and methodology to solve problems in biology
  • Recognize the importance of the biological sciences as a resource of information to society and the ability to appropriately communicate and apply underlying biological principles to current issues
  • Healthcare Emphasis—Gain an in-depth understanding of the functional aspects of human biology. This will allow you to ask meaningful questions, solve complex problems, and succeed in your chosen occupation or program
  • Healthcare Emphasis—Gain the ability to use the language of human biology necessary to be competitive in your chosen career path or program
  • Healthcare Emphasis—Gain experience using the methods, tests, and techniques applicable to the study of human biology
  • Healthcare Emphasis—Develop and use critical-thinking skills to expand your content comprehension via linking academic courses and subsequent transfer of knowledge to the work force

Clubs

The purpose of Biology Club is to promote awareness of the various disciplines in Biological and Health Sciences, examine ways of helping students succeed, while focusing and mapping out strategies to help them. We also collaborate with various... more

Additional Opportunities

IDoTeach A great opportunity for STEM majors to explore the world of teaching and earn a STEM degree and teacher certificationtogether!

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Science in Biology

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Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Associate of Science in Biology—Healthcare Emphasis

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24

Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Associate of Science in Biology—Natural Resources Emphasis

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24

Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Registration Open April 14 November 10 April 13
Financial Aid Priority Date July 14 December 1 May 11
Admission Deadline August 8 December 22 May 15
Tuition and Fees Due August 22 January 9 May 29
Last Day to Register August 22 January 9 May 29
Classes Begin August 25 January 12 June 1*
*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.

Advising

Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, available each semester, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Recommended Degree Course Progressions are available at the links below for additional information to accompany the Advising Worksheet.

Additional Information:

  • Biol 202 is best taken within a semester of completing Biol 201 for greater success.
  • Students interested in natural resources should consider taking BIOL 209, while students interested in pre-professional programs (Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, etc) should consider taking BIOL 250.
  • Math 253 and ENGL 202 are highly recommended program electives. Students may select from any program electives listed in the catalog. Students should consult transfer institutions as well in selecting electives for transfer.
  • Remaining program electives maybe selected from those listed in the catalog. Of those listed CHEM 298, CHEM 299, and Math 160 are highly encouraged. Students should consult transfer institution programs as well.

Transfer

Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

Professions

  • Physician (MD)
  • Physician's Assistant (PA)
  • Dentist
  • Nurse
  • Researcher (medical, biochemical, environmental, etc.)
  • Medical Lab Scientist (MLS)
  • Factory Quality Control / Quality Assurance (QC/QA)
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Forestry Biologist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Rangeland Ecologist and Manager

Locations

Nampa Campus Academic Building

Directions


5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Canyon County Center

Directions


2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651

Instructors

Program Department Chair

Department Chair, Life Sciences
208.562.3469

Instructors

Department Chair, Life Sciences
208.562.3469
Assistant Professor
208.562.2094
Assistant Professor
208.562.2078
Assistant Professor
208.562.3360
Assistant Professor
208.562.3344
Faculty - Adjunct
208.562.3313

News and Blogs

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:00am
The CWI Visiting Scientist Series will return, Sept. 10, with a discussion led by Dr. Sara Heggland from The College of Idaho.
Blog by Willard Pack
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 4:15pm
As the Department Chairs have considered the changes to General Education within our institution, we’ve had some wonderful discussions about which courses we want to include within the General Education Core and which don’t really belong.  The Idaho State Board of Education has put together lists of objectives that we want general education core classes to meet.  Our Academic Affairs Gen Ed Core team has put together some objectives that we want students at CWI to meet while completing their...
Blog by Nicole Frank
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 4:15pm
There are many idealized versions of what scientific research looks like. It usually involves clean cut methods that work on the first try, and provide unquestionable data.  This romanticized version of laboratory work is rarely realized. I am a fourth year Ph.D. student at Idaho State University-Meridian. As someone who has spent nearly 10 years in laboratories, I would say that I am a skilled technician capable of performing several assays without problems or guidance.
Blog by Maia Kelley
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 4:00pm
The main objective of cryptography, a field of study for both mathematicians and computer scientists, is to provide a way for two people (often characterized as Alice and Bob) to be able to send a message over an insecure channel in such a way that an opponent (often called Oscar) cannot understand the message if it is intercepted.  In some cases this is achieved by using previously agreed upon code words or symbols.  In others, it means that Alice and Bob have agreed upon a particular...

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