Biology

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

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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—IDoTeach Biology Focus

AA

24

Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Registration Open April 13 April 13 November 9
Financial Aid Priority Date May 11 July 13 November 23
Admission Deadline May 15 August 7 December 21
Last Day to Register May 29 August 21 January 8
Tuition and Fees Due May 29 August 21 January 8
Classes Begin June 1* August 24 January 11
*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, 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.

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

Canyon County Center

Directions
2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651

Instructors

Contact Person

News and Blogs

Blog by Steve Lysne
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:00am
Tyrell Styhl, a sophomore natural resources major at the College of Western Idaho (CWI), claimed Best Paper Presentation for an Undergraduate Student at the 57th Annual Meeting & Symposium of the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering last month in Boise. He won for his paper titled Entrainment of Freshwater Mollusks: A Bioenergetic Sink for Primary Consumers which was result of two years of faculty-mentored research at CWI. The full text of Ty’s abstract is below.
Blog by Steve Lysne
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 10:45am
On March 20, several CWI faculty and students will present on various topics at the 57th Annual Meeting and Symposium of the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering. Life Sciences Department Chair, Nicole Frank, will be joined by Assistant Professors Steven Lysne and Brian McClain during the STEM Education plenary session.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:30am
The College of Western Idaho (CWI) Biology Club, American Kestrel Partnership, and MK Nature Center would like to invite you to participate in an educational and conservation-oriented event on Friday (Feb. 13) from 2-6 p.m. in room 325 of the Nampa Campus Academic Building. 
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 3:45pm
The link below has several modules and courses aimed at teaching earth sciences at the university/college level.  Topics range from climate change to mineral resources to natural hazards!  I worked with a team to develop the "Map Your Hazards! – Assessing Hazards, Vulnerability and Risk" module.  When we piloted the module in our courses (including courses at CWI), we found that the majority of students were both more excited and more engaged in the subject matter.  Check it out!

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