Flex Lab for Concepts of Biology & Anatomy and Physiology!
CWI utilizes a lab model known as Flex Lab for BIOL 100L, BIOL 227L, and BIOL 228L. 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.
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.
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.
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
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Associate of Science in Biology
Associate of Science in Biology—Healthcare Emphasis
Associate of Science in Biology—Natural Resources Emphasis
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with IDoTeach Biology Focus
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2017||Summer 2017||Fall 2017|
|Registration Open||November 14||April 10||April 10|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||December 5||May 15||July 10|
|Admission Deadline||December 30||May 19||August 4|
|Last Day to Register||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin||January 17*||June 5*||August 21|
|*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.|
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.
- 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.
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
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.
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