Biology Department

The College of Idaho Biology program is an interactive, research-based curriculum that emphasizes the concepts and skills necessary for thinking critically about biological issues and problems.

Consistent with the liberal arts tradition, our objectives are to give students a strong foundation in the natural and biological sciences, to prepare them for science-based careers, and to enhance their appreciation and understanding of life on earth. The Biology Major emphasizes breadth of experience but it also allows students to pursue their own areas of interest within the field of biology. Small class sizes and the accessibility of the Biology Faculty provide opportunities not usually found at larger colleges and universities.

Fieldwork is an important part of the C of I Biology program. The College is located near mountain and desert habitats that provide numerous study sites for student research. Longer field trips to Australia, Costa Rica, and Hawaii offer opportunities for in-depth learning.

Students interested in health care or in laboratory research may study a variety of topics ranging from human anatomy to molecular biology. Students are encouraged to participate in internships in their areas of interest; these open doors for career opportunities after graduation.

Other resources available to College of Idaho biology students, in addition to the molecular, cellular, organismal, and environmental laboratories located in Boone Hall, are the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History and the Harold M. Tucker Herbarium.

The Department has a variety of cooperative programs with University of Idaho and Idaho State University in areas as diverse as natural resource management, nursing, and physical therapy. See the Cooperative Programs section of this catalog for specific requirements.