Biology BA/BS

The biology major is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in biology through five core classes covering molecular, cellular, organismal, microbiological, ecological, and evolutionary biology. The flexibility in the program allows students and academic advisers to work together to design a program of study that best suits students’ strengths and interests. Upper division electives include courses such as immunology, mammalogy, and animal behavior. Students can opt to participate in undergraduate research projects, serve as teaching assistants, or complete internships. Because of the breadth of course offerings, the Biology Program offers successful preparation for a wide-variety of career paths, including admission to graduate school and numerous health-related professional schools, such as medicine and dentistry. Some graduates are trained to enter the workforce as biologists with organizations such as Idaho Fish and Game, while other students complete courses required for secondary education teaching certification.

The goals of the biology program are to provide students with learning experiences in both the classroom and laboratory so that they can achieve the following:

  • Understand cell structure, function, and reproduction;
  • Understand the principles of natural selection and evolution;
  • Understand organismal form and function;
  • Think critically and apply knowledge in novel contexts;
  • And, perform basic laboratory procedures in a safe manner.

General Education Core

Written Communication
Select one of the following:6.00
COLLEGE WRITING
and RESEARCH WRITING
COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH
Oral Communication
Select one of the following:3.00
PRINCIPLES OF SPEECH
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
PUBLIC SPEAKING
Mathematical Ways of Knowing
MATH-170CALCULUS I4.00
Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3.00
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
WORLD CLASSICS
Select one of the following:3.00
SURVEY OF ART
THE ART AND HISTORY OF THE MOTION PICTURE
INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS
SURVEY OF MUSIC
MUSIC IN AMERICA
WORLD MUSIC
HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER
SURVEY OF THE THEATER
Scientific Ways of Knowing
Select two of the following:8.00
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
GENERAL PHYSICS I
ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
Select from two disciplines:6.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 1865
UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1865
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
CURRENT SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Diversity
Select one from the following:3.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
RACE AND ETHNICITY
COMMUNICATION AND DIVERSITY
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
NATIVE AMERICAN WRITTEN LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 1865
UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1865
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
BEGINNING SPANISH I
BEGINNING SPANISH II
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
Integrative Seminar: Ethics & Values
Select one of the following:3.00
ID 300A - 300V (see course descriptions for options)
HELLS CANYON INSTITUTE
Foreign/Heritage Language
Take 16 credits of language if selecting Bachelor of Arts degree16.00
Total Credits39.00

Program Requirements

Major Courses
BIOL-181ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, DIVERSITY OF LIFE4.00
BIOL-182CONCEPTS IN CELLULAR MECHANISMS4.00
BIOL-213PLANT AND ANIMAL FORM AND FUNCTION4.00
BIOL-341GENETICS4.00
BIOL-355GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4.00
or BIOL-362 CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
CHEM-112PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II4.00
CHEM-371
CHEM-373
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LAB
4.00
CHEM-481BIOCHEMISTRY I4.00
PHYS-112GENERAL PHYSICS II4.00
or PHYS-212 ENGINEERING PHYSICS II
MATH-253STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE SCIENCES3.00
BIOL-380BIOLOGY SENIOR SEMINAR1.00
Program Electives
Select 23 credits from the following: 123.00
Select 7-8 credits from BIOL/CHEM/GIS 200/300/400
Select 4 credits from BIOL/CHEM/GIS 300/400
Select 4 credits from BIOL/CHEM 300/400
Select 8 credits from BIOL 300/400
General Electives
Select 26 elective credits26.00
Total Credits89.00
1

8 or less credits of CHEM/GIS and 3 or less credits total from courses ending in -94, -95, or -99.

Summary

General Education39
Major Requirements40
Program Electives23
General Electives26
Total128