Biology 2 @ McCall Outdoor Science School Summer 2017!

Join students from across the state to study organismal biology in and around Ponderosa State Park and Payette National Forest. Biology 2 will be delivered as a three-week (M-F) immersion experience at the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) followed by a short (one week) online component. Biology 2 @ MOSS promises to be the best summer you’ve ever spent in school!

Biology 2 @ MOSS

New Prerequisite for Anatomy and Physiology for Fall 2017

Beginning in Fall of 2017, students wishing to register for ANT 211 or ANAT 211L (Anatomy & Physiology I or the A&P I lab), must first do one of the following before being allowed to register: pass BIOL 111 (old BIOL 201), OR pass MMBS 111 (old BIOL 221), OR pass a placement exam with a 70% or greater.

A & P Prerequisite

Introducing 4 New Biology Degrees!

A.S. Biology – General:  Biologists study life within individual cells up through organisms to entire ecosystems.  They work inside and outside and in every part of the world.  If you are interested in the broad field of Biology this is a good starting point for careers that investigate the life all around us. 

A.S. Biology – Human Biology:  This degree is all about you! Come and learn the ins and outs of your body and how it works, so you know when the medical TV shows get it all wrong!  Students in this program conquer Anatomy and Physiology while gaining a more general understanding of biological principles.

A.S. Biology – Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biomedical Sciences:  Do you want to learn the real science behind the forensic shows on TV? Microbiology, Molecular, and Biomedical Sciences deal with all things that can’t be seen with the naked eye but are critical to life. This is an exciting and fast-paced field where graduates can continue into a variety of careers.

A.S. Biology – Natural Resources:  If you are passionate about the environment and are interested in making a difference in the physical world around you, this is the program for you! Natural resources professionals work to monitor and manage our natural landscapes to ensure clean air and water, healthy populations of fish and wildlife, and productive ecosystems.  You’ll learn in the classroom and in the field.


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 biology associate degrees offered in multiple discipline areas, 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.

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.

Flexible Science Labs

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


Our mission is to provide an outstanding and supportive educational environment that encourages student and faculty growth while promoting discovery and broad communication of knowledge about the field of biology to majors and non-majors. Graduates of our programs will have a robust foundation that will support the growth of their comprehensive knowledge of the biology and evolution of organisms as they continue with life-long learning.

Why This Program

A.S. Biology- General:
• Courses will prepare students with fundamental skills in critical thinking and analysis, data collection and management, and supporting laboratory and field technologies.
• Curriculum can be tailored to a student’s particular interest within the broad field of biology.
• Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate of Science degree in Biology and meet the general education requirements to all Idaho public universities.

A.S. Biology – Human Biology:
• Prepare to enter professional programs in medicine, research, and biomedical engineering.
• Develop your abilities to think and reason like a scientists!
• Be amazed by you and the incredible processes happening with you.

A.S. Biology – Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biomedical Sciences:
• Get your hands dirty! In the first semester, you’ll begin to design your own experiments!
• Develop the ability to think and reason as a scientist
• Students will learn about the scientific method and critical analysis in the class and laboratory.
• Completion of the program results in an Associate of Sciences degree in Biology with a Microbiology, Molecular, and Biomedical Sciences emphasis and transfers to all Idaho public universities.

A.S. Biology – Natural Resources:
• Learn to think and reason like a scientist!
• Network with professionals working for state and federal agencies in Idaho
• Chase butterflies!
• Spend time outdoors-our natural environment becomes your classroom.
• Completion of the program results in an Associate of Science degree in Biology – Natural Resources and meets the general education requirements to all Idaho public universities.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • How to design and run your own experiments! (Participate in Course-Based Research Experiments in most Biology classes)
  • Understand how biology creates the world around us.
  • Critically evaluate data and information to form your own conclusions.
  • Participate in conversations about our world, environment and bodies and how these are interdependent.


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Additional Opportunities

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

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Biology - General, Associate of Science



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Biology - Human Biology, Associate of Science



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Biology - Natural Resources, Associate of Science



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Biology - Microbiological, Molecular, and Biomedical Science, Associate of Science



Delivery Formats:

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.

  • BIOL112 is best taken within a semester of completing BIOL 111 for greater success.
  • Students interested in natural resources should consider taking ENVI 260, while students interested in pre-professional programs (Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, etc) should consider taking MMBS 250.
  • Math 153 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.
  • BIOL 100L, ANAT 111L, and ANAT 112L use the Flex Lab Model.  For more information, click here.

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.

Career Info


  • Nurse
  • Physician's Assistant (PA)
  • Radiological Technician
  • Surgical Technician
  • Physician (MD, DC, DO, DDS, etc.)
  • Researcher (medical, biochemical, environmental, cancer, infectious diseases, etc.)
  • Pharmacist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Coroner
  • Mortician
  • Patient Advocate
  • Medical Lab Scientist (MLS)
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Physical/Occupational Therapist
  • Biologist Technician
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Beer and Wine Maker
  • Factory Quality Control / Quality Assurance (QC/QA)
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Forestry Biologist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Rangeland Ecologist and Manager
  • Food Quality and Safety Technician
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Water Quality and Safety Techinician
  • Soil Conservationist


Nampa Campus Academic Building

5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

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9100 W. Black Eagle Drive, Boise, ID 83709

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News and Blogs


CWI’s Anthropology and Biology Clubs and Sustainability Committee host fourth annual Garbology Day April 27.

The College of Western Idaho Horticulture and Life Science Programs would like to invite you to the sixth annual CWI Native Plant Sale on Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the east entrance of the Nampa Campus Academic Building.

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Science is a Verb: Detecting Touch

College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs are excited to share new episodes of the video blog series, Science is a Verb. CWI faculty share some of their favorite experiments, as well as tips and tricks for bringing science to life. In this...

CWI will be showcasing science and healthcare programs on April 7.

College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Biology 2 (Biodiversity & Evolution) class is going native! Join other adventurous students for a three week immersion experience studying the biodiversity and evolution of living organisms at the University of Idaho Field Campus (UIFC) in the beautiful...

Students enrolled in Flex Lab science classes have the ability to change their scheduled lab time online, to a later time or a different day entirely.  


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