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Department of Biology

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.  Fieldwork and laboratory research are important components of the C of I biology program. 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 University of Idaho and Idaho State University in areas including resource management, nursing and physical therapy.

Career Opportunities for Biology Majors and Minors

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 asINBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) and SWITCH (Southwest Idaho: The Comprehensive Herbaria). No matter what your scientific field of interest is, a C of I biology degree will prepare you to succeed in graduate school and your chosen career.

About Our Department

Meet our Faculty