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Paid Student Research Positions

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

Learn More About B2B

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

Prepare for a variety of careers with an advanced science degrees from College of Western Idaho's Biology program. Offering several areas of study, the Biology program will allow you to focus on what interests you most while providing you opportunities to:

  • design and run your own experiments,
  • discover how biology creates the world around us,
  • critically evaluate data and information to form your own conclusions, 
  • and participate in conversations about our world, environment, and bodies and how they are all interdependent.


Choose to study life sciences like cellular and molecular processes, organism physiology, biochemistry, botany, and genetics, or more specialized subjects like medical terminology, nutrition, anthropology, ecology, chemistry, and geology. Whether it's biochemistry, zoology, pre-med, radiology, or another life science, CWI's Biology program can help you customize your degree to meet your goals. Completion of an Associate of Science degree in Biology from CWI will prepare you to transfer on to a four-year college or university.

Biology – General

  • Learn fundamental skills in critical thinking and analysis, data collection and management, and supporting laboratory and field technologies.
  • Tailor classes to your particular interests within the field of biology.

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. 

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.
  • Learn about the scientific method and critical analysis in the class and laboratory.

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.


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College of Western Idaho's Biology Club promotes awareness of the various disciplines in biological and health sciences with focus on developing strategies to help students suceed. The Biology Club additionally collaborateswith various...

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News and Blogs

Student and Dr. Mark Lung discussing lessons

Biology Instructor, Gary Heller, is using resources outside of campus to show his students what sustainability looks like in the real world.

Students and faculty looking for items in 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.

Group photo of Idaho INBRE Students and Faculty

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. 

Illustration of rotorcraft landers

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.

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.