The Department of Biology offers many opportunities for students to extend their learning outside of the classroom.
OFF-CAMPUS FIELD COURSES
Approximately every 2-3 years (during Winter and/or Summer Term), the Biology Department offers off-campus study. Recent courses in field biology and/or coastal marine ecology include: Australia (2006, 2010, 2013) and south Florida (2011, 2015). In 2015, students and faculty also travelled to Ecuador for an interdisciplinary course: Spanish for Healthcare Practitioners. Check with Biology, Environmental Studies, and Health and Human Performance faculty for more information on off-campus study opportunities.
Click here to see photos from the 2015 Florida course on The College of Idaho’s Flickr page.
View Videos From Our Off-Campus Field Courses
Watch Part 1-Heron Island of the Tropical Ecosystems in Australia documentary series below.
Part 2 - A Lizard's Tale
Part 3 - A Tree of Life and Death
Part 4 - Red-necked Pademelons
Part 5 - Brush Turkeys
Part 6 - Sea Turtles
Students who desire first-hand experience in their chosen fields can take BIO-397/497. BIO-497 involves independent research as part of the internship but BIO-397 does not (see catalog). The Biology Department has established professional contacts in many fields of interest, and we will assist adequately prepared students secure an appropriate internship position. Students may also set up their own internships.
For more information about student internship opportunities, see the Biology Department Student Handbook: Undergraduate Opportunities.
LABORATORY AND FIELD ASSISTANT
Students are often asked to assist faculty members in laboratory sections of various courses. It may be possible, with careful, advanced planning to get academic credit for this assistance. If you are interested, consult the faculty member who teaches the course.
Work study positions are available in the Biology Department. Positions include the following:
- Caring for living plants and animals in the Department
- Assisting in laboratories
- Assisting in office and general support
- Assisting in the Harold M. Tucker Herbarium
- Assisting in the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History
Other work may be available. Check with one of the Biology faculty members.