Opportunities for Students

The Department of Biology offers many opportunities for students to extend their learning outside of the classroom.  


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.


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:

Other work may be available. Check with one of the Biology faculty members.