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Overview

Our faculty are committed to mentoring and engaging students in the scientific process and the study of life on Earth.

This program will challenge you to:

  • Study in a research-based curriculum.
  • Build a solid foundation for understanding life on earth.
  • Pursue your own areas of interest within the field of biology.
  • Complete fieldwork and laboratory research for hands-on, in-depth learning.
  • Prepare for medical, dental, veterinary and other graduate schools.
Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Major
Biology Major

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

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42 credits

Major Requirements

 

Complete the following (19 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-201 Biology I: Molecules to Cells 3 credits
BIO-201L Molecules to Cells Lab 1 credits
  or  
BIO-210L Molecules to Cells Research-Based Lab 1 credits
BIO-202 Organismal Biology 3 credits
BIO-202L Organismal Biology 1 credits
BIO-203 Ecology, Evolution and Diversity 3 credits
BIO-203L Ecology Evolution and Diversity Lab 1 credits
BIO-316 Genetics 3 credits
BIO-330 Cell Biology 3 credits
BIO-330L Cell Biology Lab 1 credits

 

Complete courses in Chemistry, Math and Physics (8-9 credits):

The credits for the math requirement (MAT-125 or MAT-212) are counted in the Professional Foundations minor.

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
CHE-141 General Chemistry I 3 credits
CHE-141L General Chemistry Laboratory I  
MAT-125 Data Analysis and Statistics 3 credits
  or  
MAT-212 Multiple Regression Analysis 3 credits
PHY-231 General Physics I 3 credits
PHY-231L General Physics I Lab 1 credits
  or  
PHY-271 Analytical Physics I 4 credits
PHY-271L Analytical Physics I Lab 1 credits

 

Complete one Physiology course (4 credits) from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-374 Animal Physiology 3 credits
BIO-374L Animal Physiology Lab 1 credits
BIO-375 Plant Physiology 3 credits
BIO-375L Plant Physiology Lab 1 credits
BIO-376 Neurophysiology 3 credits
BIO-376L Neurophysiology Lab 1 credits
BIO-377 Physiology of Extremes 3 credits
BIO-377L Physiology Extremes Lab 1 credits

 

Complete 4-6 credits (to include lab or prep) in Ecology, Evolution, or Systematics from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-317 Stream Ecology 3 credits
BIO-317L Stream Ecology Lab 1 credits
BIO-319 Ichthyology 3 credits
BIO-319L Ichthyology Lab 1 credits
BIO-322.1 Field Botany 3 credits
BIO-322L Field Botany Lab 1 credits
BIO-326 Coastal Marine Ecology 4 credits
BIO-326L Coastal Marine Ecology Lab 1 credits
BIO-331 Evolution 3 credits
BIO-331L Evolution Lab 1 credits
BIO-339 Mammalogy 3 credits
BIO-339L Mammalogy Lab 1 credits
BIO-345 Ecology 3 credits
BIO-345L Ecology Lab 1 credits
BIO-346 Field Biology 4 credits
  and  
BIO-346.1 Field Biology Preparation 2 credits
BIO-349 Vertebrate Natural History 3 credits
BIO-349L Vertebrate Natural History Lab 1 credits

 

Complete the Biology Capstone Seminar and Senior Comprehensive Exam (3 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-450 Biology Capstone Seminar 3 credits
BIO-499 Senior Comprehensive Examination  

 

Complete Upper Division Biology Electives (4 or more credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO- Complete additional 300- or 400-level courses to total at least 34 credits of Biology coursework, including CHE-412/CHE-412L  

 

Recommended Electives

 

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

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
CHE-142 General Chemistry II 3 credits
CHE-142L General Chemistry Laboratory II  
CHE-301 Organic Chemistry I 3 credits
CHE-301L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 credits
CHE-302 Organic Chemistry II 3 credits
CHE-302L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 credits
     
PHY-232 General Physics II 3 credits
PHY-232L General Physics II Lab 1 credits
  or  
PHY-272 Analytical Physics II 4 credits
PHY-272L Analytical Physics II Lab 1 credits
     
MAT-150 Applied Calculus: a Modeling Approach 4 credits
MAT-175 Single Variable Calculus 4 credits
MAT-212 Multiple Regression Analysis 3 credits
     
BIO-396 Biology Research 1-3 credits
  and  
BIO-496 Biology Research 1-3 credits

 

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Major
Biomedical Science Major

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

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42 credits

The credits for the math requirement (MAT-125 or MAT-212) are counted in the Professional Foundations minor.

 

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-201 Biology I: Molecules to Cells 3 credits
BIO-201L Molecules to Cells Lab 1 credits
  or  
BIO-210L Molecules to Cells Research-Based Lab 1 credits
BIO-202 Organismal Biology 3 credits
BIO-202L Organismal Biology 1 credits
BIO-203 Ecology, Evolution and Diversity 3 credits
BIO-203L Ecology Evolution and Diversity Lab 1 credits
BIO-316 Genetics 3 credits
BIO-330 Cell Biology 3 credits
BIO-330L Cell Biology Lab 1 credits
CHE-141 General Chemistry I 3 credits
CHE-141L General Chemistry Laboratory I  
CHE-142 General Chemistry II 3 credits
CHE-142L General Chemistry Laboratory II  
MAT-125 Data Analysis and Statistics 3 credits
  or  
MAT-212 Multiple Regression Analysis 3 credits

 

Physiology Requirement

Take BIO 224 and 225 (8 credits), OR BIO 374 (4 credits), OR BIO 377 (4 credits)

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-224 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 credits
BIO-224L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1 credits
  and  
BIO-225 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 credits
BIO-225L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1 credits
  or  
BIO-374 Animal Physiology 3 credits
BIO-374L Animal Physiology Lab 1 credits
  or  
BIO-376 Neurophysiology 3 credits
BIO-376L Neurophysiology Lab 1 credits

 

Upper Division Electives

Take 8 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-331 Evolution 3 credits
BIO-331L Evolution Lab 1 credits
BIO-357 Molecular Biology 3 credits
BIO-360 Microbiology 3 credits
BIO-360L Microbiology Lab 1 credits
BIO-361 Pathobiology 3 credits
BIO-365 Immunology 3 credits
BIO-371 Endocrinology 3 credits
BIO-372 Developmental Biology 3 credits
BIO-372L Developmental Biology Lab 1 credits
CHE-412 Biochemistry 3 credits
CHE-412L Biochemistry Laboratory 1 credits

 

Senior Capstone Experience

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-450 Biology Capstone Seminar 3 credits
BIO-499 Senior Comprehensive Examination  

 

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Biology Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

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15-16 credits

Minor Requirements

Math Courses

Complete 3-4 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MAT-125Data Analysis and Statistics3 credits
MAT-212Multiple Regression Analysis3 credits
MAT-150Applied Calculus: a Modeling Approach4 credits

Math credits are counted in Professional Foundations and Enhancements.

Biology Required Courses (12 credits)

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-201Biology I: Molecules to Cells3 credits
BIO-201LMolecules to Cells Lab1 credits
or
BIO-210LMolecules to Cells Research-Based Lab1 credits
 
BIO-202Organismal Biology3 credits
BIO-202LOrganismal Biology1 credits
 
BIO-203Ecology, Evolution and Diversity3 credits
BIO-203LEcology Evolution and Diversity Lab1 credits
or
BIO-330Cell Biology3 credits
BIO-330LCell Biology Lab1 credits

Additional Biology Courses (3–4 credits)

Complete an additional Biology course 300-level or above.

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Human Biology Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

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Minor Requirements

15-16 credits

Math Requirement (3-4 credits)

Complete one Math course numbered 120 or above (3-4 credits).

Science Requirement (12 credits):

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

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-102Biology of Human Disease3 credits
BIO-102LBiology of Human Disease Lab1 credits
BIO-108Human Genetics3 credits
BIO-109Biology of Reproduction3 credits
BIO-129Murder, Medicine and Magic3 credits
BIO-145Drugs, Brains and Behavior3 credits
BIO-145LDrugs, Brain and Behavior Lab1 credits
BIO-159Cellular Basis of Human Physiology3 credits
BIO-159LCellular Basis of Human Physiology Lab1 credits
 
BIO-201Molecules to Cells3 credits
BIO-201LMolecules to Cells Lab1 credits
or
BIO-210LMolecules to Cells Research-Based Lab1 credits
 
CHE-125Elementary Chemistry3 credits
HHP-106Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology3 credits
HHP-318Applied Nutrition3 credits
HHP-319Mechanical Analysis of Sport3 credits
PSY-202Biological Psychology3 credits
PSY-330Neuropsychology3 credits

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Natural Sciences Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

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13 credits

Minor Requirements

A total of at least 13 credits to include at least one lab course and the following:

Math Course

Complete one Math course numbered MAT-120 or higher (3-4 credits).

Physical Sciences

Complete at least 3 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
CHE-125Elementary Chemistry3 credits
CHE-125LElementary Chemistry Lab1 credits
CHE-141General Chemistry I3 credits
CHE-141LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory I
GEO-101Physical Geology3 credits
GEO-101LPhysical Geology Lab1 credits
GEO-150Physical Geography3 credits
ENV-161Environmental Systems Science
ENV-161LEnvironmental Systems Science Lab
PHY-100The Universe3 credits
PHY-231General Physics I3 credits
PHY-231LGeneral Physics I Lab1 credits

Life Sciences

Complete at least 3 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-102Biology of Human Disease3 credits
BIO-102LBiology of Human Disease Lab1 credits
BIO-109Biology of Reproduction3 credits
BIO-129Murder, Medicine and Magic3 credits
BIO-140Idaho Natural History3 credits
BIO-140LIdaho Natural History Lab1 credits
BIO-145Drugs, Brains and Behavior3 credits
 
BIO-201Biology I: Molecules to Cells3 credits
BIO-201LMolecules to Cells Lab1 credits
or
BIO-210LMolecules to Cells Research-Based Lab1 credits
 
HHP-106Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology3 credits
HHP-106LIntroduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory1 credits

Science and Knowledge, Culture, or Society Relationships

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ENG-239Visions of Environment3 credits
HIS-351History of Science3 credits
PHI-202Bioethics3 credits
PHI-210Human Nature and the Scientific World -View3 credits
PHI-340Environmental Philosophy3 credits
REL-348Religion and Science3 credits

 

Ready for Med SchoolDiscovering a love for learning

Daisy Ambriz describes her first-class educational experience in the C of I Biology Department.