Academic Departments and Programs

Biology

The College of Idaho biology program offers a research-based curriculum taught by faculty who are committed to mentoring and engaging students in the process of science. Consistent with the liberal arts tradition, our faculty's 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.

Why study biology at The College of Idaho?

Our biology majors emphasize breadth of experience but also allow students to pursue their own areas of interest within the field of biology. Small class sizes and the accessibility of the C of I's biology faculty provide opportunities not usually found at larger colleges and universities. The department offers a major in biology, and biology coursework is incorporated into the College's interdisciplinary environmental studies and health sciences majors. Minors are offered in biology, health professions studies, human biology, natural sciences, and technical and analytical skills in the natural sciences. Within health profession studies, students can choose from eight tracks of study, including pre-med, pre-dental, pre-veterinarian, and pre-physical therapy.

Fieldwork and laboratory research are important components of the C of I biology program. The College is located near mountain and desert habitats that provide numerous study sites for student research. Field trips to Australia, Costa Rica, Florida, Hawaii, Death Valley, the Oregon coast and other off-campus sites offer opportunities for hands-on, in-depth learning. In addition, the recently renovated Boone Science Hall contains modern molecular, cellular, organismal, and environmental laboratories for research and experimentation. Students interested in health care or in laboratory research work closely with C of I professors to 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 our biology students include the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History and the Harold M. Tucker Herbarium. The department also has a variety of cooperative programs with the University of Idaho and Idaho State University in areas including resource management, nursing, and physical therapy.

Learning outcomes of this major prepare the student in the following areas:

Knowledge:
  • Demonstrate a broad-based understanding of biological principles grounded in theoretical structure, mathematics, and the physical sciences
Skills and Applications:
  • Complete a research project to learn the nature and methodologies of biology that includes the following components:
    • Formulate hypotheses and exhibit logical reasoning
    • Engage in experimental design
    • Locate and critically review biological literature
    • Analyze and interpret biological data
    • Draw logical conclusions
    • Present results of a research project both in oral and written form
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge and use of quantitative skills, analytic methods, and techniques used in the field and laboratory applicable to biological sciences
  • Apply biological knowledge and skills outside the classroom by participating in independent research, off-campus study in biology, an internship, or teaching.
Integration:
  • Demonstrate ability to integrate scientific knowledge among the biological sub- disciplines
  • Demonstrate ability to integrate biological knowledge with other disciplines
  • Contribute meaningfully to seminar-type critical discussions of scientific literature

Career Opportunities for C of I Biology Students

The possibilities are bountiful for C of I biology graduates. Our alumni include the co-discoverer of vitamin B12 and many successful doctors, dentists, physical therapists, veterinarians, pharmacists, researchers, botanists, zoologists, professors, and scientists. Department graduates enjoy a high placement rate into graduate school, and many undergraduates get a head start on their research careers through grant-funded faculty-student research programs such as INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) and SWITCH (Southwest Idaho: The Comprehensive Herbaria). No matter what a student's scientific field of interest is, a C of I biology degree prepares you students succeed in graduate school and their chosen career.

Majors

Biology Major

Biology Major

34 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-203

Ecology, Evolution and Diversity

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

MAT-125 or
MAT-212

Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods

3

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

BIO-330

Cell Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-316 or
BIO-357

Genetics or
Molecular Biology

3

 

 

 

Physiology Courses

 

Complete 4 credits from the following:

BIO-374

Animal Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-375

Plant Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-376

Neurophysiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-377

Physiology of Extremes and Laboratory

4

 

Ecology, Evolution, or Systematics

 

Complete 4 credits from one of the following areas:

 

Ecology

 

BIO-317

Stream Ecology and Laboratory

4

BIO-326

Coastal Marine Ecology and Laboratory

4

BIO-345

Ecology and Laboratory

4

BIO-346.1 and
BIO-346

Field Biology Preparation and
Field Biology

2

4

 

Evolution

BIO-331

Evolution and Laboratory

4

 

Systematics

 

BIO-319

Ichthyology and Laboratory

4

BIO-322

Field Botany and Laboratory

4

BIO-339

Mammalogy and Laboratory

4

BIO-349

Vertebrate Natural History and Laboratory

4

 

Senior Capstone

 

BIO-450

Biology Capstone Seminar

3

BIO-499

Senior Comprehensive Exam

0

 

Upper-Division Biology Electives

 

BIO

Complete additional 300 or 400 Level Courses to total at least 34 credits of Biology coursework

4 or more

 

Recommended Electives

 

For a career in biology, the following electives are recommended:

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

MAT-212

Advanced Statistical Methods

3

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

PHY-232 or
PHY-272

General Physics and Laboratory
Analytical Physics and Laboratory

4

MAT-151

Calculus I

4

MAT-152

Calculus II

4

BIO-396/496

Independent research in Biology

1-3

Student Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

  • Demonstrate a broad-based understanding of biological principles grounded in theoretical structure, mathematics, and the physical sciences
  • Skills and Applications:
  • Complete a research project to learn the nature and methodologies of biology that includes the following components:
  • Hypotheses formulation and logical reasoning
  • Engage in experimental design
  • Locate and critically review biological literature
  • Analyze and interpret biological data
  • Draw logical conclusions
  • Present results of a research project both in oral and written form
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge and use of quantitative skills, analytic methods and sciences techniques used in the field and laboratory applicable to biological
  • Apply biological knowledge and skills outside of the classroom by participating in independent research, off-campus study in biology, an internship, or teaching.

Integration:

  • Demonstrate ability to integrate scientific knowledge among the biological sub disciplines
  • Demonstrate ability to integrate biological knowledge with other disciplines
  • Contribute meaningfully to seminar-type critical discussions of scientific literature

Health Sciences Major

The Health Sciences Major is a broad-based program of study that prepares students for careers or graduate study in the health care industry and related areas. This major provides excellent preparation for students entering health professions such as physical therapy, physician's assistant (PA), and pharmacy. Requirements for each professional program vary, thus early consultation with an advisor is encouraged. At the center of the major is the Health Sciences Core, a group of courses that provides a foundation in the natural and social sciences in a manner consistent with the liberal arts tradition. In addition to completing the Health Sciences Core, each student majoring in Health Sciences must also take additional upper division coursework in both the natural and social sciences. The additional courses may be chosen by students to enhance the depth of their major in their particular area of interest. The multi-disciplinary Health Sciences major has been designed to fulfill both the Natural Science and Social Science PEAK requirements. The Health Professions Studies minor in the Professional Enhancement PEAK is a good complement to this major since it includes any additional coursework needed for individual health professions graduate programs.

Health Sciences Major

58-60 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360 or
BIO-361

Microbiology and Laboratory or
Pathobiology

4
3

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

MAT-125 or
MAT-212 or
MAT-151

Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods or
Calculus I

3
3
4

PSY-100

General Psychology

3

SOC-100 or
ATH-101

Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Anthropology

3

PHI-202

Bioethics

3

POE-241

Public Policy

3

HSC-499

Health Sciences Seminar

3

 

 

Complete 7 credits from the following:

BIO-316

Genetics

3

BIO-330

Cell Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-354

Human Anatomy Selected Topics

2

BIO-360

Microbiology (if not taken previously)

4

BIO-361

Pathobiology (if not taken previously)

3

BIO-365

Immunology

3-4

BIO-371

Endocrinology

3

BIO-372

Developmental Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-376

Neurophysiology and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

 

 

Complete 6 credits (including at least one upper-division course) from the following:

ATH-302A

Cultural Diversity

3

ATH-305

Culture Change and the World System

3

ATH-308

Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective

3

PSY-201

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

3

PSY-202

Introduction to Biological Psychology

3

PSY-203

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

3

PSY-206

Social Psychology

3

PSY-330

Introduction to Neuropsychology

3

PSY-331

Introduction to Psychopharmacology

3

PSY-340

Psychology of Child Development

3

PSY-341

Psychology of Adolescent Development

3

PSY-404

Abnormal Psychology

3

SOC-110

Social Psychology

3

SOC-302

General and Society

3

SOC-320

Family Sociology

3

SOC-325

Social Interaction and Microsociology

3

SOC-349

Social Stratification

3

SOC-360

Race and Ethnic Relations

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Grounding in the foundational natural sciences on which the understanding of health and disease is based.
  • Foundational knowledge in the social sciences.
  • Completion of at least one course that highlights human illness.
  • Formation of a framework for considering biomedical issues.
  • Integration of natural and social sciences.
  • Application of the natural and social sciences to real-world problems.

Minors

Biology Minor

18-20 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS  

Math Courses

Complete 3-4 credits from the following:

MAT-125

Data Analysis and Statistics

3

MAT-212

Advanced Statistical Methods

3

MAT-150

Applied Calculus

4

Note: Students planning to take BIO-203 should choose either MAT-125 or MAT-150. Students planning to take BIO-330 can choose any of the 3 MAT courses or any higher level MAT course.

Biology Required Courses

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-203 or
BIO-330

Ecology, Evolution and Diversity and Laboratory
Cell Biology and Laboratory

4

Additional Biology Courses

BIO

Complete 2 additional Biology Courses, one must be a 300-level or above

6 - 8

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • Problem solving in sciences
  • Written communication skills
  • Understanding of core biological principles
  • Understanding the nature and methodologies of science

Note: Students who wish to receive certification in biology as a second field must complete 20 credits of biology including this minor. In such a case, this minor should include:

Course Course Title Credits

BIO-203

Ecology, Evolution and Diversity & Laboratory

4

BIO-300-level

Any Systematics course

 

Human Biology Minor

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

MAT

Complete 1 Math course (excluding MAT-105 & MAT-221)

3

Complete 12 credits (including at least two BIO course, with at least one laboratory course) from the following:

BIO-102

Biology of Human Disease and Laboratory

4

BIO-104

Introduction to Human Anatomy

3

BIO-105

Introduction to Exercise Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-108

Human Genetics

3

BIO-109

Biology of Reproduction

3-4

BIO-129

Murder, Medicine, and Magic

3-4

BIO-145

Drugs, Brains and Behavior

3-4

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

CHE-124

Forensic Science and Laboratory

3

KIN-317

Drug Use and Abuse

3

KIN-318

Nutrition

3

KIN-319

Mechanical Analysis of Sport

3

PSY-202

Introduction to Biological Psychology

3

PSY-330

Introduction to Neuropsychology

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • Problem solving in sciences
  • Written communication skills
  • Understanding the biological basis of human wellness and disease

Technical and Analytical Skills in the Natural Sciences Minor

24-25 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO

Two Laboratory courses in Natural Sciences

8

MAT-212

Advanced Statistical Methods

3

Complete 2 courses from the following:

 

ART-107

Digital Imaging

3

ART-108

Introduction to Web Design

3

ART-201

Visual Communications I

3

ART-202

Visual Communications II

3

Complete 2 courses from the following:

BUS-150

Business Computer Applications

3

CSC-150

Computer Science I

4

CSC-151

Computer Science II

4

ENV-350/350L

Geographic Information Systems and Laboratory

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Computer-based skills (software applications and/or computer programming)
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Communication skills
  • Understanding of the scientific method

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Dental Track

40-43 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302 or
CHE-412

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory or
Biochemistry

4
3

MAT-151 or
MAT-125

Calculus I or
Data Analysis and Statistics

4
3

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics I and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

PHY 232 or
PHY-272

General Physics II and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics II and Laboratory

4
5

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Complete at least 2 courses from the following:

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-316

Genetics

3

BIO-330

Cell Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory

4

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

 

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Med Track

44-48 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-304 or
BIO-374

Human Physiology and Laboratory or
Animal Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-330 or
BIO-316

Cell Biology and Laboratory or
Genetics

4
3

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302 or
CHE-412

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory or
Biochemistry

4/3

MAT-151,
MAT-125 or
MAT-212

Calculus I,
Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods

4
3
3

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics I and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

PHY 232 or
PHY-272

General Physics II and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics II and Laboratory

4
5

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

 

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Occupational Therapy Track

33-34 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

ATH-101

Cultural Anthropology

3

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

MAT-125 or
MAT-212

Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods


3

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics I and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

PSY-201 or
PSY-404

Introduction to Developmental Psychology or
Abnormal Psychology


3

SOC-100

Introduction to Sociology

3

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

 

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Optometry Track

50-52 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302 or
CHE-412

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory or
Biochemistry

4
3

MAT-151

Calculus I

4

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics I and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

PHY 232 or
PHY-272

General Physics II and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics II and Laboratory

4
5

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

 

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Pharmacy Track

50-51 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-412

Biochemistry and Laboratory

4

MAT-151

Calculus I

4

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics I and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

 

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Physical Therapy Track

46-48 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

ATH-101

Cultural Anthropology

3

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

MAT-125 or
MAT-212

Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods

3

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics I and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

PSY-201 or
PSY-404

Introduction to Developmental Psychology or
Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY-340

The Psychology of Child Development

3

SOC-100

Introduction to Sociology

3

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

 

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Physician Assistant Track

37 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-412

Biochemistry

3/4

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

 

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Veterinary Track

40-42 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302 or
CHE-412

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory or
Biochemistry

4
3

MAT-151,
MAT-125 or
MAT-212

Calculus I,
Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods

4
3
3

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics I and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Complete at least 2 courses from the following:

BIO-316

Genetics

3

BIO-330

Cell Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-374

Animal Physiology and Laboratory

4

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

Associated Minors

Natural Sciences Minor

13 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Math Courses

Complete 1 course from the following (or higher-level math excluding

MAT-221 & MAT-222):

 

MAT-111

Contemporary Mathematics

3

MAT-150

Applied Calculus: A Modeling Approach

4

MAT-212

Advanced Statistical Methods

3

Physical Sciences

Complete at least 3 credits from the following:

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

ENV-160

Environmental Science I and Laboratory

4

GOL-101

Physical Geology and Laboratory

4

GOG-150

Physical Geography

3

PHY-100

The Universe

3

PHY-231

General Physics and Laboratory

4

Life Sciences

Complete at least 3 credits from the following:

BIO-102

Biology of Human Disease and Laboratory

4

BIO-104

Introduction to Human Anatomy

3

BIO-109

Biology of Reproduction

3-4

BIO-129

Murder, Medicine, and Magic

3-4

BIO-140

Idaho Natural History and Laboratory

4

BIO-145

Drugs, Brains and Behavior

3-4

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

CHE-124

Forensic Science and Laboratory

3

ENV-260

Environmental Science II and Laboratory

4

Science and Knowledge, Culture, or Society Relationships

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

ATH-309

Cross-Cultural Approaches to the Environment

3

ENG-239

Visions of Environment

3

ENV-200

Nature and Culture

3

PHI-202

Bioethics

3

PHI-340

Environmental Philosophy

3

POE-339

Environmental Policy Analysis

3

POE-389

Ecological Economics

3

REL-251

Religion and Science

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Sharpen student understanding of the methodology and limits of science
  • Increase student scientific literacy in both the physical and life sciences
  • Apply scientific knowledge in the broader context of the liberal arts

Cooperative Programs

Idaho State University Dual Degree in Medical Laboratory Science (BS/BS)

The College of Idaho Program in Medical Laboratory Science is a dual degree program in collaboration with Idaho State University (ISU). Under ordinary circumstances, students will attend The College of Idaho for three years, and then enter the Idaho State University Medical Laboratory Science program for their senior year. The Idaho State University program, which lasts for 12 months, includes all professional requirements, including all clinical experiences. When students have successfully completed the Idaho State University program, they will be granted dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Clinical Laboratory Science from both The College of Idaho and Idaho State University.

Entrance into the Idaho State University program is competitive. Idaho State University has offered up to four admission seats to College of Idaho students each year, but it is possible that more than four College of Idaho students will apply. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisite courses, and must apply for the Idaho State University program by January of their Junior year. Application may be considered after that date for competitive entry into the Medical Laboratory Science program. Due to the competitive nature of this program, students are strongly advised to pursue a complementary major or course of study along with the program prerequisites (though they will not need to complete it if they enter the Idaho State University program).

During their course work at The College of Idaho, students will be required to complete 93 credits, including PEAK minors in Social Sciences/History and Humanities/Fine Arts, in addition to all of the required prerequisite courses. The combination of the prerequisite courses and the ISU professional program will count for Natural Science and Professional Studies PEAKs. Please note that ISU only accepts a maximum of 8 credits in religion; therefore, the Religion Minor is not a viable option to fulfill the Humanities/Fine Arts PEAK.

Idaho State University Dual Degree in Medical Laboratory Science (BS/BS)

Course Course Title Credits

PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

To be completed at The College of Idaho 

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory*

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory*

4

BIO-316

Genetics

3

BIO-330

Cell Biology

3

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory*

4

BIO-361

Pathobiology

3

BIO-365

Immunology

3

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

MAT-125 or MAT-212

Data Analysis and Statistics (MAT-112 may substitute) or Advanced Statistical Methods

3

MAT-150

Applied Calculus (MAT-151 Calculus I may substitute)

4

Plus: 8 additional credits in Chemistry selected from Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry or
Analytical Chemistry. 

*Note: These courses must be taken at The College of Idaho

Idaho State University Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (BS/BS)

The College of Idaho Cooperative Program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is a collaborative effort with Idaho State University (ISU). Under ordinary circumstances, students will attend The College of Idaho for three years, and then enter the Idaho State University program for the subsequent two years. When students have successfully completed the Idaho State University program, they will receive an Idaho State University Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Emphasis in Pre-Speech-Language Pathology or Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Emphasis in Pre-Audiology, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from The College of Idaho.

Entrance into the Idaho State University program is competitive. Idaho State University has offered up to three admission seats to College of Idaho students each year, but it is possible that more than five College of Idaho students will apply. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisite courses. Due to the competitive nature of this program, students are strongly advised to pursue a complementary major or course of study along with the program prerequisites (though they will not need to complete it if they articulate into the ISU program).

During their course-work at The College of Idaho, students will be required to complete 93 credits, including PEAK minors in Math/Natural Science, Social Science/History, and Humanities/Fine Arts, in addition to all of the prerequisite courses for the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Program. The ISU professional program along with the prerequisite courses will count for the Professional Studies PEAK. Please note that ISU only accepts a maximum of 8 credits in religion; therefore, the Religion Minor is not a viable option to fulfill the Humanities/Fine Arts PEAK.

Idaho State University Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (BS/BS)

Course Course Title Credits

PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS
To be completed at The College of Idaho

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

MAT-150 or
MAT-212

Applied Calculus (MAT-112 may substitute) or
Advanced Statistical Methods

4
3

PSY-100

General Psychology

3

PSY-201

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

3

A course on multicultural issues or social diversity

A physical science course in geology, astronomy, chemistry or physics

Idaho State University Doctor of Physical Therapy (BA or BS/DPT)

The College of Idaho Cooperative Program in Physical Therapy is an undergraduate-graduate articulation agreement with Idaho State University (ISU). Students will complete all of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree at The College of Idaho, including the prerequisites for entrance into the Idaho State University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Prerequisites overlap significantly with the Health Professions Studies minor under PEAK. Students who complete The College of Idaho portion of this program will receive a BA or BS degree in the major they have completed. Upon completion of the Idaho State University portion of the program, students will earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Idaho State University.
Entrance into the Idaho State University program is competitive. Idaho State University has offered at least two admission seats to College of Idaho students each year, but it is possible that more than two College of Idaho students will apply. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all areas of the prerequisite courses, as well as the most recent 60 units of completed course work, and must apply for the Idaho State University program by January of their senior year. Students must meet minimum standards on the GRE or the Miller Analogy Test and complete at least 80 hours of experience, in two different areas of practice, under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist, before making application. For a complete description of the Idaho State University program and detailed requirements for admission, see their web site.

Idaho State University Doctor of Physical Therapy (BA or BS/DPT)

Course Course Title Credits

PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

 

BIOLOGY (16 Credits)

 

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

CHEMISTRY (8 Credits)

 

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

PHYSICS (8 Credits)

 

PHY-231 and

General Physics and Laboratory

4

PHY-232

General Physics and Laboratory

4

OR

 

PHY-271 and

Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4

PHY-272

Analytical Physics II and Laboratory

4

MATHEMATICS (3 Credits)

 

MAT-125

Data Analysis and Statistics (MAT-112 may substitute)

3

PSYCHOLOGY, MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY*, SOCIOLOGY OR ANTHROPOLOGY, EXERCISE SCIENCE (13-14 Credits)

 

ATH-101 or
SOC-100

Cultural Anthropology or
Introduction to Sociology

3

KIN-343

Physiology of Exercise and Laboratory

4

PSY-100

General Psychology

3

PSY-340

Psychology of Child Development

3

*Note: A one or two unit course in General Medical Terminology is required in the form of a university course or verification of completion of an online course.

Idaho State University Master of Public Health (BA or BS/MPH)

The College of Idaho Cooperative Program in Public Health is an undergraduate-graduate articulation agreement with Idaho State University (ISU). Students will complete all of the requirements for a BA or BS degree at The College of Idaho, including the prerequisites for entrance into the Idaho State University Master of Public Health program. Students who complete The College of Idaho portion of this program will receive a BA or BS degree in the major they have completed. Upon completion of the Idaho State University portion of the program, students will earn a Master of Public Health from Idaho State University.

Entrance into the Idaho State University program is competitive. Idaho State University has offered at least two admission seats to College of Idaho students each year, but it is possible that more than two College of Idaho students will apply. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all prerequisite courses and in all upper-division courses, and must apply for the Idaho State University program by January of their senior year. Students must meet minimum standards on the GRE and meet the entrance standards for the Idaho State University MPH program. For a complete description of the Idaho State University program and detailed requirements for admission, see their web site.

Idaho State University Master of Public Health (BA or BS/MPH)

Course Course Title Credits

PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

BIO-104 or
BIO-304

Introduction to Human Anatomy or
Human Physiology and Laboratory

3
4

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-203

Ecology, Evolution and Diversity and Laboratory

4

BUS-360

Principles of Marketing

3

BUS-366

Marketing Communications

3

KIN-151

Personal Fitness

1

MAT-150

Applied Calculus (MAT-112 may substitute)

4

PSY-404

Abnormal Psychology

3

Idaho State University Dual Degree Program in Nursing (BS/BS) Cooperative Program

Idaho State University Dual Degree Program in Nursing (BS/BS) Cooperative Program

The College of Idaho Cooperative Program in Nursing is a dual degree program in collaboration with Idaho State University (ISU). The program is designed for students to attend The College of Idaho for three years and one semester, and then enter the Idaho State University Accelerated Nursing Program in January of their fourth year. The ISU program, which lasts for 16 months, includes all professional requirements for certification as a Registered Nurse, including all clinical experiences. When students have successfully completed the ISU Accelerated Nursing Program, they will be granted dual Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from both The College of Idaho and Idaho State University.

Entrance into the Idaho State University program, as with all nursing programs, is highly competitive. Applicants to ISU's program must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all prerequisite courses and in coursework completed at The College of Idaho, with no single grade among the prerequisites below a C. PHI 202 is a required prerequisite which must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better, but is not included in the GPA calculation for admission. Students must also complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) during the summer after their junior year. Once a College of Idaho student is admitted to the ISU Nursing Program, he or she must comply with the Department of Nursing student handbook. Students are advised to pursue a complementary major course of study along with the nursing prerequisites (though they do not need to complete the major if they are admitted into ISU's program). The number of positions in the ISU Accelerated Nursing Program is limited. Students who are not accepted into the ISU Accelerated Nursing Program during their senior year may complete a standard degree program at The College of Idaho, and then reapply to the ISU Nursing Program for entrance in January following graduation from The College of Idaho. Information on the ISU application process can be found at their web site.

During their course work at The College of Idaho, students will complete 105 credits, including minors in Social Sciences/History and Humanities/Fine Arts, in addition to all of the prerequisite courses for the Idaho State University Accelerated Nursing Program. Completion of the ISU program along with the prerequisites will count for the Natural Sciences and Professional Studies PEAKs. Please note that ISU only accepts a maximum of 8 credits in religion; therefore, the Religion Minor is not a viable option to fulfill the Humanities/Fine Arts PEAK. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at The College of Idaho.

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Course Course Title Credits

PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS
To be completed at The College of Idaho

ATH-101 or
SOC-100

Cultural Anthropology or
Introduction to Sociology

3

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory*

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory*

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory*

4

BIO-361

Pathobiology

3

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory*

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory*

4

MAT-125 or
MAT-212

Data Analysis and Statistics (MAT-112 may substitute) or
Advanced Statistical Methods

3

PHI-202

Bioethics

3

PSY-100

General Psychology

3

PSY-340 or
PSY-201

Psychology of Child Development or
Introduction to Developmental Psychology

3

*Note: These courses must be taken at The College of Idaho

Idaho State University Master of Occupational Therapy (BA or BS/MOT) Cooperative Program

Idaho State University Master of Occupational Therapy (BA or BS/MOT) Cooperative Program

The dual-degree program in Occupational Therapy is a 3-3 course of study in which students undertake the PEAK curriculum and prerequisite studies for three years (under ordinary circumstances) at the C of I, and then articulate into the graduate program in Occupational Therapy at ISU. After two successful years in the ISU program, students will earn the BS degree from C of I. Upon completion of the program, students will earn the Master of Occupational Therapy degree from ISU. Students will complete at least 93 credits at C of I, with a major in dual-degree Occupational Therapy. Students undertaking this program will receive credit for completing all four PEAKs, for its prerequisites require considerable engagement in all PEAK categories. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all areas of the prerequisite courses, with no grade lower than a B, and must apply to the ISU program by December 15th of their junior year to ensure early acceptance into the program for qualified applicants. Students must also meet the minimum score requirement on either the GRE exam or the Miller Analogy Test, and complete at least 40 hours of experience under the supervision of a licensed Occupational Therapist, before making application. College of Idaho students will have up to three (3) dedicated admission seats for the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program each year for students completing the dual degree program. Students who complete this dual-degree program will earn the BS from The College of Idaho and the MOT from Idaho State University.

Course Course Title Credits

PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS
To be completed at The College of Idaho


BIOLOGY (16 credits)

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory*

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory*

4


CHEMISTRY (4 credits)

 

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4


PHYSICS (4 credits, 8 recommended)

 

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4


MATH (3 credits)

 

MAT-150 or
MAT-212

Applied Calculus (MAT-112 may substitute) or
Advanced Statistical Methods

4
3


SOCIAL AND BEHAVORIAL SCIENCES (12 credits)

 

ATH-101

Cultural Anthropology

3

PSY-100

General Psychology

3

PSY-201

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

3

PSY-340 or
PSY-341

Psychology of Child Development or
Psychology of Adolescent Development

3

PSY-404

Abnormal Psychology

3

SOC-100

Introduction to Sociology

3


SPEECH COMMUNICATION (3 credits)

 

SPE-101 or
SPE-201

Basic Public Speaking or
Foundations of Oral Communication

3


Other Required Courses: A Minor of at least 15 credits in one of the following fields:

Fine Arts

 

Philosophy

 

Literature

 

Foreign Language (Humanities)

Please note that ISU only accepts a maximum of 8 credits in religion; therefore the Religion Minor is not a viable option to fulfill the Humanities/Fine Arts PEAK.

*Note: These courses must be taken at The College of Idaho

Idaho State University Dual Degree Doctoral Program in Pharmacy (BS/PHARM.D.) Cooperative Program

Idaho State University Dual Degree Doctoral Program in Pharmacy (BS/PHARM.D.) Cooperative Program

The College of Idaho Cooperative Program in Pharmacy is a dual degree program in collaboration with Idaho State University (ISU). Under ordinary circumstances, students will attend The College of Idaho for three years and then enter the Idaho State University Professional Doctor of Pharmacy program (Pharm.D.) for the next four years. When students have successfully completed the first two years of the Idaho State University Doctor of Pharmacy program, they will be granted a Bachelor of Science degree from The College of Idaho. When they successfully complete the final two years of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, they will receive a Pharm.D. from Idaho State University.

Entrance into the ISU program is competitive. ISU has offered up to two admission seats to competitive CI students each year. Applicants must have a minimum average GPA of 3.0 to apply to the program, but the average for admission is 3.65. Applicants must apply to the ISU College of Pharmacy – Doctor of Pharmacy program by the application deadline of February 1 of the year in which they intend to begin the program. Due to the competitive nature of this program, students are strongly advised to pursue a complementary major or course of study along with the program prerequisites.

During their course work at The College of Idaho, students will be required to complete 93 credits, including PEAK minors in Social Sciences/History and Humanities/Fine Arts, in addition to all of the prerequisite courses for the Pharm.D. program. Please note that ISU only accepts a maximum of 8 credits in religion; therefore, the Religion Minor is not a viable option to fulfill the Humanities/Fine Arts PEAK. The combination of the program prerequisites and the ISU professional program will count as the Natural Sciences and Professional Studies PEAKs. Prospective Pharmacy students should consult the Idaho State University Pharmacy web site for the most up-to-date information. The following is a general list of prerequisites subject to revision:

Course Course Title Credits

PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory*

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory*

4

BIO-330

Cell Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory*

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-412

Biochemistry and Laboratory

4

MAT-150

Applied Calculus (MAT-151 Calculus I may substitute)

4

BUS-270 or
POE-263

Principles of Economics or Introduction to Political Economy

3
4

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics (Laboratory optional) or
Analytical Physics (Laboratory optional)

3-4

*Note: These courses must be taken at The College of Idaho