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 Requirements

Written Communication
Select one of the following:6.00
WRITING AND RHETORIC I
and WRITING AND RHETORIC II
COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH
Oral Communication
Select one from the following:3.00
FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
PUBLIC SPEAKING
Mathematical Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3.00-5.00
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
COLLEGE ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY
CALCULUS I
Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing
Select one course from two categories:6.00-8.00
Literature
LITERATURE AND IDEAS
WORLD CLASSICS
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
MYTHOLOGIES
Arts
INTRODUCTION TO 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
HISTORY OF JAZZ AND POPULAR MUSIC STYLES
SURVEY OF THE THEATER
Language
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
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 one course from two disciplines:6.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
WORLD HISTORY I
WORLD HISTORY II
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
SOCIAL PROBLEMS
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS
Diversity
Select one of the following:3.00-4.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
RACE AND ETHNICITY
COMMUNICATION AND DIVERSITY
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
NATIVE AMERICAN WRITTEN LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
WORLD HISTORY I
WORLD HISTORY II
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
ETHICS AND IDENTITY
SOCIAL-CULTURAL ASPECTS OF SPORTS
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
Integrative Seminar: Ethics & Values
Select one of the following:3.00
ID 300A - 300Z (see course descriptions for options)
HELLS CANYON INSTITUTE
Foreign/Heritage Language
Select 16 credits of language if selecting Bachelor of Arts Degree16.00
Total Credits38.00-43.00

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
or BIOL-228 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
BIOL-331ECOLOGY3.00
BIOL-341GENETICS4.00
BIOL-355GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4.00
or BIOL-362 CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
BIOL-372COMPUTATIONAL BIOSTATISTICS4.00
BIOL-460EVOLUTION4.00
CHEM-112PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II4.00
CHEM-371
CHEM-373
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LAB
4.00
CHEM-481BIOCHEMISTRY I4.00
CALCULUS I (Required if not completed as core)
PHYS-112GENERAL PHYSICS II4.00
Program Electives
Select 19 credits from the following: 119.00
Select 3 credits from BIOL/CHEM/GIS in the 200/300/400 level
Select 4 credits from BIOL/CHEM/GIS in the 300/400 level
Select 4 credits from BIOL/CHEM in the 300/400 level
Select 8 credits from BIOL in the 300/400 level
Electives
Select 16 elective credits16.00
Total Credits82.00

Sequential Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BIOL-181 ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, DIVERSITY OF LIFE 4.00
CHEM-111 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I 4.00
ENGL-101 WRITING AND RHETORIC I 3.00
COREMATH-143, MATH-147 or MATH-170 3.00-5.00
 Credits14.00-16.00
Spring
BIOL-182 CONCEPTS IN CELLULAR MECHANISMS 4.00
CHEM-112 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II 4.00
COREOral Communication 3.00
ENGL-102 WRITING AND RHETORIC II 3.00
 Credits14.00
Second Year
Fall
BIOL-213
PLANT AND ANIMAL FORM AND FUNCTION
or HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
4.00
CHEM-371 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 3.00
CHEM-373 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LAB 1.00
COREHumanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
 Credits14.00
Spring
BIOL-372 COMPUTATIONAL BIOSTATISTICS 4.00
COREHumanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing 3.00
Program RequirementSelect BIOL, CHEM, GIS course in 200/300/400 level 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 4.00
 Credits14.00
Third Year
Fall
BIOL-341 GENETICS 4.00
BIOL-355
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
or CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
4.00
PHYS-111
GENERAL PHYSICS I
or ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
4.00
CORESocial & Behavioral Ways of Knowing 3.00
 Credits15.00
Spring
BIOL-331 ECOLOGY 3.00
CORESocial & Behavioral Ways of Knowing 3.00
PHYS-112 GENERAL PHYSICS II 4.00
Program RequirementSelect BIOL or CHEM course in 300/400 level 4.00
ElectiveElective Credits 2.00
 Credits16.00
Fourth Year
Fall
CHEM-481 BIOCHEMISTRY I 4.00
COREIntegrative Seminar: Ethics & Values 3.00
Program RequirementSelect BIOL course in 300/400 level 4.00
Program RequirementSelect BIOL, CHEM, GIS course in 300/400 level 4.00
 Credits15.00
Spring
BIOL-460 EVOLUTION 4.00
COREDiversity 3.00
Program RequirementSelect BIOL course in 300/400 level 4.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 4.00
 Credits18.00
 Total Credits120.00-122.00

Graduates with a BA/BS in Biology go on to obtain careers in a variety of fields:

  • Biotechnology
  • Botany
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Healthcare
  • Legislation/Law
  • Zoology, Marine, Aquatic Biology
  • Technical and Pharmaceutical Sales

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