Examples of Schedules

The following are "typical" schedules taken by many (but by no means all) students with similar areas of interest. Be sure to discuss details of your schedule and course selections with your adviser. Students generally carry 12-14 units each semester, and ~5-7 units in winter. In all of the following examples LAC = Liberal Arts Core.

Example 1

A typical student with interest in premedical study or study in any of several health sciences that may include veterinary medicine, dentistry, psychiatry, pharmacy, physicians assistance, etc. This student enters The College of Idaho having done well in biology, chemistry, and pre-calculus or calculus in high school and is intending to go into one of the several biological or health professions. This example includes electives emphasizing Cellular/Molecular Biology. Selection of upper division courses will vary depending on career objectives.

  Fall Winter Spring
Freshman Year
  • BIO-201
  • CHE-141
  • HIS-10x
  • ENG or WRI
  • MAT-112
  • LAC / elective
  • BIO-202
  • CHE-142
  • HIS-10x
  • elective
Sophomore Year
  • BIO-203
  • CHE-301
  • elective / LAC
  • elective

 

  • BIO-230
  • CHE-302
  • MAT-151
  • elective / LAC
Junior Year
  • PHY-271
  • BIO-374 or BIO-304
  • MAT-152
  • elective / LAC
  • elective
  • elective
  • PHY-272
  • BIO-372*
  • BIO-395*
Senior Year
  • BIO-360*
  • BIO-400
  • elective / LAC
  • elective / LAC
  • BIO-496*
  • BIO-345*
  • BIO-365*
  • elective / LAC
  • elective / LAC

* indicates courses that may vary depending on your particular interests.

Example 2

An aggressive student who enters The College of Idaho having done well in biology, chemistry, physics, and pre-calculus or calculus in high school is intending to go into one of the several biological professions, including medicine, research in molecular genetics, etc. (This is a heavy load for freshman year!) This example includes electives emphasizing Cellular/Molecular Biology.

  Fall Winter Spring
Freshman Year
  • BIO-201
  • CHE-141
  • HIS-10x
  • ENG or WRI
  • MAT-112
  • elective / LAC
  • BIO-202
  • CHE-142
  • MAT-151
  • HIS-10x
Sophomore Year
  • BIO-203
  • CHE-301
  • MAT-152
  • elective / LAC
  • elective / LAC

 

  • BIO-230
  • CHE-302
  • HIS-10x
  • elective / LAC
Junior Year
  • BIO-356
  • PHY-271
  • BIO-374*
  • elective / LAC
  • BIO-396*
  • LAC
  • BIO-365*
  • PHY-272
  • BIO-395*
  • elective / LAC
Senior Year
  • BIO-318*
  • BIO-400
  • BIO-496*
  • elective / LAC
  • BIO-496*
  • elective / LAC
  • BIO-372*
  • BIO-496*
  • elective / LAC
  • elective

* indicates courses that may vary depending on your particular interests.

Example 3

A typical student who has had biology in high school (but perhaps not both chemistry and physics). This person has had algebra and trig and has done well. This individual is thinking of a possible career in biology, perhaps teaching. He/she is testing the waters but doesn't want to drown in them. In this example, the electives emphasize environmental or plant biology. This schedule may typify someone who is not sure whether to major in BIO or ES with, for example, a Conservation Biology focus. The schedule assumes that this person decides on a Biology major in the sophomore year. With an Environmental Studies major, the student would probably have taken Environmental Science instead of Chemistry in the second year.

  Fall Winter Spring
Freshman Year
  • BIO-201
  • HIS-10x
  • ENG / WRI
  • elective
  • MAT-112
  • ENV-200
  • BIO-202
  • HIS-10x
  • elective / LAC
Sophomore Year
  • BIO-203
  • CHE-141
  • MAT-151
  • elective / LAC
  • elective

 

  • BIO-230
  • CHE-142
  • MAT-152
  • elective / LAC
Junior Year
  • elective in BIO
  • PHY-271
  • CHE-301
  • elective / LAC
  • BIO-396*
  • elective
  • BIO-322*
  • PHY-272
  • CHE-302
  • elective / LAC
Senior Year
  • BIO-375*
  • BIO-496*
  • elective / LAC
  • elective
  • FIELD TRIP*
  • BIO-356*
  • elective / LAC
  • elective
  • elective

* indicates courses that may vary depending on your particular interests.

Example 4

A student who has had biology in high school (but not chemistry and physics) and didn't do very well in math. This individual does not have a good background in science and math but enjoys this area and is thinking of a Biology or Environmental Studies major because of a love of the outdoors and living organisms but is a bit wary of some of the natural sciences (e.g. chemistry and math). This schedule assumes that this person decides on a Biology major in the sophomore year. With an Environmental Studies major, the student would probably have taken Environmental Science instead of Chemistry in the second year.

  Fall Winter Spring
Freshman Year
  • MAT-110
  • ENG-101
  • elective / LAC
  • PE
  • ENV-200
  • elective

 

  • HIS-10x
  • MAT-112
  • elective / LAC
Sophomore Year
  • BIO-203
  • CHE-141
  • elective / LAC
  • elective / LAC
  • electives

 

  • BIO-220
  • CHE-142
  • elective / LAC
  • elective / LAC
Junior Year
  • BIO-345*
  • PHY-231
  • elective
  • BIO-306*
  • elective
  • BIO-230
  • BIO-322*
Senior Year
  • BIO-375*
  • BIO-319*
  • BIO-400
  • elective
  • elective
  • Upper Division Cell and Molec?
  • elective / LAC

* indicates courses that may vary depending on your particular interests.