Biology

Fall 2016 - Anatomy and Physiology Flex Lab!

CWI utilizes an Anatomy and Physiology lab model known as Flex Lab.  This format allows students to find lab times that accommodate their individual schedules on a week-to-week basis while completing the same lab activities in all sections.

Flexible Science Labs

Fall 2016 - Biology & Chemistry Cohort

The introductory BIO-CHEM Cohort is a new way for science majors to complete their first-semester science coursework within a learning community of peers.

Biology & Chemistry Cohort

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

AS

24

Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Associate of Science in Biology—Healthcare Emphasis

AS

24

Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Associate of Science in Biology—Natural Resources Emphasis

AS

24

Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with IDoTeach Biology Focus

24

Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Registration Open April 11 April 11 November 14
Financial Aid Priority Date May 16 July 11 December 5
Admission Deadline May 20 August 5 December 30
Last Day to Register June 3 August 19 January 13
Tuition and Fees Due June 3 August 19 January 13
Classes Begin June 6* August 22* January 17*
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the 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, 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.

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.

New Spring 2016 - Anatomy and Physiology Flex Lab!

Flex Lab is a new model for the CWI Anatomy and Physiology labs beginning the Spring 2016. This format allows students to find lab times that accommodate their individual schedules on a week-to-week basis while completing the same lab activities in all sections.

  • Students will register for a single section of A&P lab (B227L or B228L) when registering for their lecture section. 
  • Once they are registered in the course, students will have the ability to schedule the entire semester at once or they will have the ability to schedule their labs on a week-to-week basis.  Timeslots will include day, evening and Saturday times.  Students will be able to reschedule their time, if a conflict arises.

Flexible Science Labs

Questions?  Contact Nicole Frank, Life Sciences Department Chair

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes

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

Ada County Campus Mallard Building
Ada County Campus Mallard Building

Directions
9100 W. Black Eagle Drive, Boise, ID 83709

Canyon County Center

Directions
2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651

Instructors

Instructors

News and Blogs

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 1:30pm
Who would have thought that science really had so much to do with aging?  Not me, until I read this article from sciencenews.org. They explain that while there is still a hearty debate regarding what the true cause of aging is, scientist do have some good theories to follow up on.  One is that as you get older, the proteins and cells in your body start to deteriorate and actually get to a point where they can no longer replenish! Another possible cause is that oxidants getting churned out by...
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 1:30pm
Biology Instructor, Teresa Rich, has been named CWI’s Faculty of Distinction for June.
CWI Student and Scholarship Recipient Libna Luevanos
Friday, June 10, 2016 - 10:30am
When Libna Luevanos graduated from Boise High School in 2014 she wasn’t sure what would happen next. Her parents wanted her to work. She wanted to learn. Always fascinated with science and the human body, she was exposed to forensics in high school and thought criminal justice may be a natural fit. As it turns out, her decision to attend College of Western Idaho (CWI) ultimately determined what she would do. “I know I will be a doctor someday,” she said. “I don’t know when and I don’t know...
CWI Student and Scholarship Recipient Andrew Barrios
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 9:30am
CWI student Andrew Barrios admits he was once heading down the wrong path. Now he is a self-driven individual and has turned his life around.

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