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Pursuing a Biology degree from CWI provides students an opportunity to choose from a number of distinct focus areas to prepare for a variety of careers and advanced science degrees. With biology associate degrees offered in multiple discipline areas, students can focus their studies on an area of the discipline that interests them most. While being introduced to life sciences like cellular and molecular processes, organism physiology, biochemistry, botany, and genetics, students can also study more-specialized subjects like medical terminology, nutrition, anthropology, ecology, chemistry, and geology. Whether it is biochemistry, zoology, pre-med, radiology, or another life science, start with a CWI Biology program and customize a degree to meet your goals.
Biology - Areas of Study
A.S. Biology – General:
- Courses will prepare students with fundamental skills in critical thinking and analysis, data collection and management, and supporting laboratory and field technologies.
- Curriculum can be tailored to a student’s particular interest within the broad field of biology.
- Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate of Science degree in Biology and meet the general education requirements to all Idaho public universities.
A.S. Biology – Human Biology:
- Prepare to enter professional programs in medicine, research, and biomedical engineering.
- Develop your abilities to think and reason like a scientist!
- Be amazed by you and the incredible processes happening with you.
A.S. Biology – Microbiological, Molecular, and Biomedical Sciences:
- Get your hands dirty! In the first semester, students will begin designing their own experiments!
- Develop the ability to think and reason as a scientist
- Students will learn about the scientific method and critical analysis in the class and laboratory.
- Completion of the program results in an Associate of Science degree in Biology - Microbiological, Molecular, and Biomedical Sciences and transfers to all Idaho public universities.
A.S. Biology – Natural Resources:
- Learn to think and reason like a scientist!
- Network with professionals working for state and federal agencies in Idaho
- Chase butterflies!
- Spend time outdoors. Our natural environment becomes your classroom.
- Completion of the program results in an Associate of Science degree in Biology - Natural Resources and meets the general education requirements to all Idaho public universities.
Our mission is to provide an outstanding and supportive educational environment that encourages student and faculty growth while promoting discovery and broad communication of knowledge about the field of biology to majors and non-majors. Graduates of our programs will have a robust foundation that will support the growth of their comprehensive knowledge of the biology and evolution of organisms as they continue with life-long learning.
What You Will Learn to Do
- How to design and run your own experiments! (Participate in Course-Based Research Experiments in most Biology classes)
- Understand how biology creates the world around us.
- Critically evaluate data and information to form your own conclusions.
- Participate in conversations about our world, environment and bodies and how these are interdependent.
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Biology - General - Associate of Science Degree
Biology - Human Biology - Associate of Science Degree
Biology - Natural Resources - Associate of Science Degree
Biology - Microbiological, Molecular, and Biomedical Science - Associate of Science Degree
*See the Course Delivery Styles page for details about class options
Biotechnology Laboratory Assistant - Academic Certificate
*See the Course Delivery Styles page for details about class options
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2022||Summer 2022||Fall 2022|
|Priority Registration Begins1||November 8||n/a||April 11|
|Open Registration Begins||November 15||February 28||April 18|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||December 18||May 14||July 30|
|Admission Deadline2||January 8||May 28||August 13|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||January 14||June 3||August 19|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 14||June 3||August 19|
|Classes Begin3||January 18||June 6||August 22|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based upon their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Some classes begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
- BIOL 112 is best taken within a semester of completing BIOL 111 for greater success.
- Students interested in natural resources should consider taking ENVI 260, while students interested in pre-professional programs (Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, etc) should consider taking MMBS 250.
- MATH 153 and ENGL 202 are highly recommended program electives. Students may select from any program electives listed in the catalog. Students should consult transfer institutions when selecting electives for transfer.
- Remaining program electives may be selected from those listed in the catalog. Of those listed CHEM 298, CHEM 299, and MATH 160 are highly encouraged. Students should consult transfer institution programs as well.
- ANAT 111L, ANAT 112L, and BIOL 100L use the Flex Lab Model. For more information, click here.
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
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