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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.


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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Congratulations to Dusty Perkins, College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for April 2021.

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Congratulations to Julie Wagner, College of Western Idaho’s Student Achievement Award recipient for January 2021.