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B2B Biomedical Research Opportunity 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 – 2024 cohorts of the Southwestern Idaho Bridges to Baccalaureate (B2B) program. These are paid positions! 

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Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office Pathways Program

Are you a second-year Biology – Natural Resources major? Apply to intern with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working with local and regional biologist on the Service's environmental review process creating content on fish, wildlife, and plan species of concern in Idaho.

Learn More About the Pathways Program

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.


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The purpose of Biology Club is to promote awareness of the various disciplines in Biological and Health Sciences, examine ways of helping students succeed, while focusing and mapping out strategies to help them. We also collaborate with various...

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News and Blogs

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Professor of Biology, Dr. Steve Lysne, breaks down the different research opportunities and programs biology and science students can take advantage of while earning their degree.

B2B College of Western Idaho 2023

The Southwestern Idaho Bridges to Baccalaureate program (SWID B2B) program is NOW accepting applications for the 2023 and 2024 cohorts of Bridges Undergraduate Student Researchers. 

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Join University of Idaho professor, Jason Barnes, April 13 to learn more about the Dragonfly space mission, a project to explore Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.

Students doing research together in a river

The Pathways Program will provide appointed CWI students the opportunity to work with local and regional biologists on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s environmental review process.

Student in a science lab

CWI is excited to offer paid summer research opportunities for students through the Idaho INBRE Research Program. Apply by March 18.

Kevin Platts, Director of Public Safety Programs, poses for a photo with the trophy he won.

Resources, training, and contests during CTL's Accessibility Week for faculty highlight how small changes can help students access and engage in courses.