B.S. Biology with Concentration in Ecology and Conservation Biology

Bachelor of Science in Biology

The purpose of the B.S. in Biology is to serve students who have a broad interest in the biological sciences and who seek substantial flexibility in the development of their own programs. This degree fosters, in students, knowledge and understanding of major concepts in the discipline as well as the processes of scientific investigation. Students served by this Major are those interested in preparing for a career in biology, ecology, conservation or natural history, entering a health-related professional program (i.e., physician assistant, occupational therapist, medical doctor, etc.), certifying to teach in public schools, or developing a variety of laboratory skills. The B.S. in Biology requires significant exposure to biological sciences, as well as concepts in math and the physical sciences, while providing a large number of electives. The consequence is an understanding of the biological sciences and the flexibility and opportunity to specialize in areas of interest to students.  Up to 8 credits of Independent Problems and/or Mentored Research (AMOEBA) can be applied to the student's undergraduate degree.

Core Requirements

Students pursuing the B.S. degree must satisfy 8 of the 9 General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits--see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog).  Students must also satisfy the core requirements listed below and the requirements of one of the concentrations in biology. All graduates of this degree program will earn a B.S. in Biology, regardless of the concentration selected.

Required Courses:

BIOL 1101
1101L
Biology I
and Biology I Lab
4
BIOL 1102
1102L
Biology II
and Biology II Lab
4
BIOL 2206
BIOL 2207
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory 1
4
BIOL 2209
2209L
General Ecology
and General Ecology Laboratory
4
BIOL 3316Biometry Laboratory1
BIOL 3358Genetics3
BIOL 4417Organic Evolution3
BIOL 4491
BIOL 4492
Seminar
and Seminar
2
MATH 1160Survey of Calculus3
MATH 3350Statistical Methods3
CHEM 1111
1111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
5
CHEM 1112
1112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHEM 3301
CHEM 3303
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
4
PHYS 1111
PHYS 1113
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
4
Select two of the following: 7
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Biochemistry
General Education24
Total Credits79

Concentration in Ecology and Conservation Biology (ECB)

The concentration in Ecology and Conservation Biology (ECB) is for students who seek to understand the fundamental principles of ecology and their applications, with an emphasis on field studies. The ECB concentration prepares students for graduate studies in ecology or applied ecology, and careers in land and resource management (e.g., Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Idaho Department of Fish and Game), environmental studies (e.g., Environmental Protection Agency, US Geological Survey, Department of Environmental Quality), and positions with conservation organizations (e.g., The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, World Wildlife Federation). The concentration allows students to select a variety of courses in plant and animal diversity, field biology, and evolution.

In addition to completing the core requirements, students in the ECB concentration have the opportunity to select from a broad range of ecology, diversity, and evolution courses. The concentration requires taxonomic breadth including at least 6 credits of plant biology and 6 credits of animal biology emphasis courses.

Ecology and Conservation Biology Concentration Requirements

Field Research:

BIOL 4489Field Ecology4
or BIOL 4493 Senior Thesis

Ecology Courses:

Select a minimum of 8 credits from the following:

BIOL 1192Careers in Ecology and Conservation Biology1
BIOL 3337Conservation Biology3
BIOL 4408
4408L
Plant Ecology
and Plant Ecology Lab
4
BIOL 4416
4416L
Population Ecology
and Population Ecology Lab
4
BIOL 4418Ecological Topics1
BIOL 4442Plant Animal Interactions3
BIOL 4459
4459L
Fish Ecology
and Fish Ecology Laboratory
4
BIOL 4462
4462L
Freshwater Ecology
and Freshwater Ecology Lab
4
BIOL/GEOL 4490Ecosystem Ecology and Global Changes4

Diversity or Evolutionary Courses:

Select a minimum of 8 credits from the following:

BIOL 2213Fall Flora2
BIOL 2214Spring Flora2
BIOL 3310
3310L
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
4
BIOL 4406
4406L
Plant Diversity and Evolution
and Plant Diversity and Evolution Lab
4
BIOL 4412
4412L
Systematic Botany
and Systematic Botany Lab
4
BIOL 4423General Parasitology3
BIOL 4426
4426L
Herpetology
and Herpetology Lab
4
BIOL 4427
4427L
Ichthyology
and Ichthyology Lab
4
BIOL 4431
4431L
General Entomology
and General Entomology Lab
4
BIOL 4434
4434L
Microbial Diversity
and Microbial Diversity Lab
4
BIOL 4438Ornithology4
BIOL 4441
4441L
Mammalogy
and Mammalogy Lab
4
BIOL 4495Animal Behavior4

Biology Electives:

Students must fulfill a minimum of an additional 3 credits of biology electives for which they can select any course in Biology (except BIOL 1100), including  Independent Problems (BIOL 4481 and/or BIOL 4482) and AMOEBA (Mentored Research Alliance, BIOL 2280 and/or BIOL 4480).

Total ECB Concentration Requirements

Field Research Experience4
Ecology Courses8
Diversity or Evolutionary Courses8
Biology Electives3
Minimum Total23
Core Requirements79-80
Total102-103