Department of Biology

Louis E. Buhrley, Department Chair
Gary Baird, Tate W. Carter, Van D. Christman, Clair B. Eckersell, Lynn R. Firestone, Melvin D. Griffeth, John S. Griffith, Michael D. Groesbeck, Todd Kelson, Sidney L. Palmer, Jerry H. Scrivner, Dave Stricklan, Russell G. Thurston, Travis Wall, Gene S. Weller, Dwight Wray, John Zenger
Lark Shattuck, Secretary (208) 356-2009

All students graduating from BYU-ID are required to complete at least four credits in biological science. These courses are taught primarily in the Biology Department. In addition to providing majors classes and General Education classes, the Biology Department provides support courses for the other sciences as well. The Department of Biology at BYU-Idaho offers three basic options for a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology:

The Specialized degree (70 credit hours) provides a solid foundation in biology and is designed for students who are interested in pursuing biological careers. These careers could include opportunities to work in industry, for government agencies, or in biologically related businesses. In addition, this course of study will provide excellent preparation for those students applying to professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, chiropractics and other health-related careers. Students selecting this degree would have opportunities to participate in advanced and integrated topics in genetics, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology as well as advanced topics in zoology and ecology.

An Integrated degree (45 credit hours) has fewer biology requirements that will allow students to have a broader background in other areas of study as well. This degree is also suitable for the pre-professional student but will require that the student meet with an advisor early on to assure that all requirements needed for admission to professional schools are being met in a timely manner. A student choosing to integrate two subjects into one degree would also choose this option.

The Biology Education degree will prepare students to teach Biology and provide all requirements needed for certification by the State of Idaho for teaching grades 6-12.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Bachelor of Science in Biology (700)

Coursework required for each degree is listed below. For the Specialized and Integrated degrees these lists provide information only about Major Requirements. Students must also fill all University Requirements as listed in the General Education section on pages 35-37 of this catalog

Prerequisites are listed with each course description in the following pages. All courses are not offered every semester and some may only be offered every other year so be sure to plan appropriately.

All Biology students should plan to take a beginning Chemistry course as soon as possible since it is a prerequisite for most Biology classes.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN BIOLOGY SPECIALIZED DEGREE (70 CREDIT HOUR MAJOR)

Biology Core (Take these courses): (42-44 Credits)

Credits
BIO 199 Pre Professional Orient               1
BIO 200 Introduction to Biology*              4
BIO 201 Introduction to Biology Lab           1
BIO 221, 222 or BIO 407                       4
BIO 375 Genetics                              4
BIO 384 Ecology                               4
BIO 475 Evolutionary Science                  3
Math 112 or 119 Calculus                      4
Chem 105 & 106 General College Chemistry*     8
Chem 351 & 352 Organic Chemistry              8
Ph 105-108 or 201-202 Physics                 8-10

Botany Requirement (Take 1)  (4 Credits)
BIO 209 An Evolutionary Survey of Plants      4
BIO 210 Plant Taxonomy                        4
BIO 440 Plant Physiology                      4

Zoology Requirement (Take 1) (3-4 Credits)
BIO 204 Vertebrate and 
        Invertebrate Strategies               4
BIO 331 Entomology                            3
BIO 446 Ornithology                           3
BIO 447 Mammalogy                             3

Molecular Biology requirement (Take1) (4 Credits)
BIO 350 Biochemistry                          4
BIO 374 Molecular and Cellular Biology        4

Take an Additional 2-4 Classes from the following:
BIO 331 Entomology                            3
BIO 350 Biochemistry                          4
BIO 351 Wildlife Mgmt                         4
BIO 362 Wetland and Riparian Ecology          3
BIO 374 Molecular and Cellular Biology        4
BIO 380 Histology                             4
BIO 407 Medical Microbiology and Immunology   4
BIO 440 Plant Physiology                      4
BIO 446 Ornithology                           3
BIO 447 Mammalogy                             3
BIO 452 Wildland Ecology and Habitats         3
BIO 460 Human Anatomy                         4
BIO 461 Principles of Physiology              4
Total Credits in this major                  60-71

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN BIOLOGY INTEGRATED DEGREE (45 CREDIT HOUR DEGREE)

Biology Core (Take these courses): (25-26 Credits)

                                        Credits
BIO 199 Pre-Professional Orient               1
BIO 200 Introduction to Biology OR 
BIO 208 General Botany*                       4
BIO 375 Genetics                              4
BIO 384 Ecology                               4
BIO 475 Evolutionary Science                  3

General Chemistry  (Take 8-9 credits):
Chem 105 and 106 OR                           8
Chem 101 and 150                              9

Botany Requirement: (Take 1) 
(4 Credits)
BIO 209 An Evolutionary Survey of Plants      4
BIO 210 Plant Taxonomy                        4
BIO 440 Plant Physiology                      4

Zoology Requirement: 
(Take 1) (3-4 Credits)
BIO 204 Vertebrate and 
        Invertebrate Strategies               4
BIO 331 Entomology                            3
BIO 446 Ornithology                           3
BIO 447 Mammalogy                             3

Take an Additional 4 Classes from the following:
BIO 331 Entomology                            3
BIO 351   Wildlife  Mgmt                      4
BIO 362 Wetland and Riparian Ecology          3
BIO 374 Molecular and Cellular Biology        4
BIO 380 Histology                             4
BIO 407 Medical Microbiology and Immunology   4
BIO 440 Plant Physiology                      4
BIO 446 Ornithology                           3
BIO 447 Mammalogy                             3
BIO 452 Wildland Ecology and Habitats         3
BIO 460 Human Anatomy                         4
BIO 461 Principles of Physiology              4
Total Credits in this major                  35-41

Bachelor of Science in Biology Education (800)

Advisors: Lynn Firestone (208) 356-2036 Van Christman (208-356-2015)

The Biology Education major requires specific course work in Biology, BYU-Idaho General Education classes, and Teacher Education classes needed for state certification as a secondary education teacher in grades 6-12. The following sections list courses needed to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Education. These courses also prepare a student for the State Certification Exam. The Biology Education major at BYU-Idaho, requires completion of a Physical Science minor. In addition, students who plan to earn teaching certification in the state of Idaho must pass an examination covering content in Biology. Be prepared to take the Praxis II examination between the Junior and Senior year. The more biology courses completed before taking the exam, the better prepared a student will be for the exam.

For more complete details on education classes and for what is required for state certification please refer to the Teacher Education section of this catalog. General Education Requirements

                                        Credits
Religion (14 credits)
Electives                                     8
Book of Mormon                                4
Rel 371*                                      2
*Must be taken at the time of Student Teaching

Reading and Writing (6 credits)
Eng 111                                       3
Eng 316                                       3

Math (3 credits)
Math 110 or higher                            3

Basic Skills (3 credits)
Comm 102 OR
Comm 220                                      3

Arts and Letters (6 credits):
FA 100                                        0
Arts                                          3
Letters                                       3

Physical Science (4 credits)
Chem 105                                      4

Biological Science (4 credits)
BIO 208                                       4

American Institutions (3 credits)
Student choice                                3

Social Science (3 credits)
Student choice                                3
Professional Teacher Education Requirements:
                                        Credits
Ed 200  Foundations                           2
Ed 250  Technology                            1
Ed 300  Educational Psychology                2
Ed 320  Exceptional Students; Collaboration   3
Ed 380  Reading                               4
Ed 402  General Methods; Assessment           2
Ed 490  Student Teaching                     10

Biology Education Major requirement:
Take all of these Biology Classes:
                                        Credits
BIO 208*  General Botany                      4
*(fills GE )
BIO 221, 222 General Microbiology and Lab     4
BIO 375  Genetics                             4
BIO 384  Ecology                              4
BIO 405  Biology Teaching Methods             3
BIO 475  Evolutionary Biology                 3
Ph 314   History and Philosophy of Science    3

Choose one from the following list:
BIO 209 An Evolutionary Survey of  Plants     4
BIO 210 Plant Taxonomy                        4
BIO 440 Plant Physiology                      4

Choose two from the following list:
BIO 150 General Zoology                       4
BIO 204 Vertebrate and 
        Invertebrate Strategies               4
BIO 264 or BIO 460 Human Anatomy              4
BIO 265 or BIO 461 Human Physiology           4
BIO 331  Entomology                           3
BIO 446  Ornithology                          3
BIO 447  Mammalogy                            3
Geol 480 Paleontology                         3

Physical Science Minor requirement:
Chem 105 & 106  General College Chemistry     8
(fills GE)
Ph 105,107 & Ph 106,108 General Physics OR
Ph 201 or Ph 202 (requires calculus) 
General Physics                               8
Chem 150 Organic and Biochemistry             5

Suggested four year plan of study

Freshman year

First Semester
Chem 105                                      4
Math 110 or higher                            3
BIO 208                                       4
Religion                                      2
Eng 111                                       3

Second Semester
Chem 106                                      4
BIO 221, 222                                  4
Religion                                      2
GE                                            6

Sophomore Year
BIO  200  level classes                       8
Ed 200  and Ed 250                            3
Chem 150                                      5
Religion                                      4
GE                                            8-10

Junior Year
Biology 300 level classes                    11
English 316                                   3
Ed 300, 320, 380                              9
Physics                                       8
Religion                                      2

Senior Year

First Semester
Religion                                      2  
BIO 405                                       3
BIO 300 or 400 level choice                   6
Ed 402                                        2

Second Semester
Student Teaching                             10
Religion 371                                  2

Biology Education Minor
Students wishing to major in some other major area of study in secondary education may complete an education minor in Biology  by completing the following Coursework: 

Biology Core classes - required
Chem 101* or Chem 105*                        4
BIO 150*                                      4
BIO 208*                                      4
BIO 375                                       4

Botany Elective - choose one
BIO 209                                       4
BIO 210                                       4
BIO 440                                       4

Zoology Elective-choose one
BIO 204                                       4
BIO 264 or BIO 460                            4
BIO 265 or BIO 461                            4
BIO 331                                       3
BIO 446                                       3
BIO 447                                       3

Ecology/Evolution Elective-choose one
BIO 384                                       4
BIO 475                                       3

*will also fill GE requirement
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

BIO 100* Principles of Biology (3:3:0)
Not open to students having completed BIO 200 or 208. (When taken with BIO 102, Principles of Biology Laboratory, these two classes will fill the General Education Biology requirement.) An introduction to biology, designed around the areas of cell structure, function, laws of heredity, evolution and ecology. There are several other classes offered in the department that will fill the GE requirements. They may fit your specific needs better than BIO 100

BIO 102* Principles of Biology Laboratory (1:0:3)
Lab Fee: $5 lab
This is a three hour independent study audio tutorial laboratory experience in general biology for non majors. This laboratory is designed to accompany BIO 100, Principles of Biology, and may be taken concurrently with BIO 100 or anytime after completing BIO 100. Laboratories involve hands on experiences in science investigation, the microscope, the cell, classification, ecology and characteristics and examples of the kingdoms Monera, Fungi, Protista, Animalia, and Plantae.

BIO 118* Field Biology (4:3:2)
Travel Fee: $50
Field identification techniques, ecological relationships, field study methods, and conservation/ preservation practices of natural populations of living species. Four different approaches to this course may be offered: (1) Field Botany, (2) Field Zoology, (3) Environmental Biology, (4) Wildlife Management.

BIO 120* Biology of Cultivated Plants (4:3:2)
Three one hour lectures and one two hour lab per week
Lab Fee: $15
Plants grown in homes and gardens are used to introduce biological principles. Laboratory work emphasizes individual projects utilizing living plants.

BIO 130* Plant Life (4:3:2)
Lab Fee: $15
Major plant groups and their impact on man are studied. Four different approaches to this course may be offered: (1) Wild flowers, ( 2) Trees and shrubs, (3) Survey of the plant kingdom, (4) Plants and Society.

BIO 150* General Zoology (3:3:0)
An exposure to the variety of animals in the world with emphasis on diversity, structure and function, economic importance and behavior.

BIO 150L* General Zoology Laboratory (1:0:2)
Lab Fee: $5
Selected activities that reinforce the concepts introduced in lecture

BIO 152 lnsects and Man: Harmful and Beneficial Aspects (3:2:2)
A practical study of insects and their affects on man and animals.

BIO 154 Parasites of Man (1:2:0)
The occurrence, life cycles, pathology and emphasis on prevention of protozoan, helminth and arthropod parasites common to man.
(Block plan only)
Recommended for students entering the health professions and fields of education, and also those who may travel to other parts of the world.

BIO 176* Heredity (4:3:2)
A General Education course covering Mendelian genetics, interactions, sexlinkage, probability, chromosome aberrations and change in chromosome number, linkage, population genetics and molecular genetics. Students will be required to solve genetic problems in the above areas.

BIO 199 Pre-Professional Orientation 1
Fifteen hours of orientation, counseling, and guest lectures
A program to orient and counsel prospective students interested in pre-professional (Pre Chiropractic, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre Osteopathic, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Podiatric, and Pre-Veterinary).

BIO 200* Introduction to Biology (4:5:0)
Previous credit in Chemistry 105 or equivalent
An intensive introduction to biology, including cell structure and function, basic metabolic pathways, genetics and ecology.

BIO 200L Introduction to Biology Lab 1
Prerequisite: Concurrent or previous enrollment in BIO 200
$5 Lab Fee

BIO 202* Natural Resource Management (4:3:3)
Travel Fee: $50
The management of natural resources such as wildlife, fisheries, forests, range, and recreational lands. The orientation of the course will be ecological with emphasis on ecosystems, energy budgets, and interrelationships .

BIO 204 Vertebrate and Invertebrate Strategies (4:3:3)
Lab Fee: $10
Comparative organization and evolutionary significance of adaptive morphological, physiological, behavioral, reproductive and ecological differences in vertebrates and invertebrates.

BIO 208* General Botany (4:3:2)
Travel Fee: $15
For students majoring in Botany, Agriculture, and Forestry. An introduction to cell structure, plant anatomy and physiology, reproduction, heredity, evolution and ecology.

BIO 209 An Evolution Survey of Plants (4:3:3)
Prerequisite: BIO 208 or permission of instructor
Travel Fee: $15
Structure, function, evolution and diversity of procaryotes, algae, fungi, and higher plants. (Winter only)

BIO 210 Plant Classification (4:2:4)
Prerequisite: BIO 208 or permission of instructor
Travel Fee: $30
Identification, naming and grouping of vascular plants emphasizing families of native flowers. (Fall only)

BIO 212 Invertebrate Zoology (4:3:3)
Lab Fee: $10
Emphasis on classification, anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology and the medical and agricultural significance of the invertebrates.

BIO 221* General Microbiology (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Knowledge of the structure and function of the cell
An introduction to the fundamental biological processes as they are seen in bacteria and viruses. Emphasis is placed on the role of these micro organisms in causing disease in man and methods used for the prevention and control of these diseases.

BIO 222* Microbiology Laboratory (1:0:2)
Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent registration in BIO 221
Lab Fee: $5
A series of laboratory exercises demonstrating the basic principles of microbiology.

BIO 234* Appreciation of Nature (3:2:2)
Lab Fee: $10
This course will have major emphasis upon Ecology, Biological Conservation, Biodiversity and Behavior. Fourteen laboratories will use the scientific method to teach the students how to experiment.
This class is designed for Elementary Education majors.

BIO 240 Neurobiology 3
Introduction to neurobiology, covering the nervous system cellular communication, neural basis of behavior, neural systems in learning and development and hormonal influences.

BIO 250* Environmental Biology (3:3:0)
Global and local environmental issues and their effect on ecosystem structure and function.

BIO 250L* Environmental Biology Lab (1:0:2)
Selected activities that reinforce lecture material

BIO 264* Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4:3:2)
Lab Fee: $10
First part of a two semester course to prepare students for further study in the health and medical fields. Includes basic biochemistry, structure and function of the cell, tissues, skeleton, muscles, and nervous systems of the human body. Both BIO 264 and BIO 265 must be taken to receive credit at BYU.

BIO 265 *Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4:3:2)
Prerequisite: BIO 264 or permission of instructor
Lab Fee: $10
Second part of a two semester course to prepare students for further study in the health and medical fields. Includes structure and function of the circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, digestive, endocrine and reproductive systems and embryology.

BIO 266 Gross Anatomy(1:0:2)
Prerequisite:BIO 264, BIO 265
Consent of the instructor
Lab Fee: $10
Structure of the human body systems with emphasis obtained through cadaver dissection.

BIO 290 Special Problems1-3
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and Department Chair prior to registration
Faculty student consultation will determine a special area of study and/or research problem that will give students greater preparation for advanced work in their field of interest. Term of enrollment, credit and other details will be arranged with instructor.

BIO 311 Professional School Preparation (1:1:0)

BIO 331 General Entomology (3:2:3)
Fee $10
An examination of the structure, function, and classification of insects and selected arthropod taxa.

BIO 350 Biochemistry & Lab (4:3:3)

BIO 351 Principles of Wildlife Management (4:2:2)
Travel Fee: $30
Emphasis is on the life histories and management of fresh water fisheries, big game waterfowl, upland game birds, furbearers, and predators.

BIO 362 Wetland and Riparian Ecology & Lab (4:3:2)
In depth examination of aquatic ecology. Emphasis is placed on stream order in successional changes in function process, and roles of aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates. Links to the terrestrial riparian ecosystems by showing interactions and impacts on each other.

BIO 374 Cell and Molecular Biology & Lab (4:3:3)

BIO 375 Genetics and Molecular Biology (4:3:2)
Fee: $10
Prerequisite: BIO 200, or a high grade in another 200-level Biology course in which Genetics was covered
An advanced biology course investigating the transmission of heritable material in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Topics include Mendelian Genetics (patterns of inheritance, linkage and mapping of chromosomes), Molecular Biology (DNA structure and function, gene expression, recombinant DNA technology), and Population Genetics.

BIO 380 Histology & Lab (4:3:3)

BIO 381 Pathophysiology(4:4:0)
Prerequisite: BIO 264, 265, Chem 101 or equivalent
Designed for nurses and allied health professions. An application of basic principles of physiology to pathological conditions.
Fills requirement for Zoo 361 at BYU.

BIO 384* Ecology (4:3:3)
Lab Fee: $50
Interrelationships between plants and animals characteristics of aquatic, mountain, and desert ecosystems with emphasis on structure and function.

BIO 386 Nursing Pharmacology(3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in the nursing program or BIO 264, BIO 265, Chem 101 or 105 or permission of instructor
This course is designed to help nursing students understand the basic principles of pharamaco kinetics, pharmaco dynamics, and the clinical application of drugs. The mechanisms of drug action are emphasized to correlate physiological and pharmacological principles.

BIO 405 Teaching Methods in the Biological Sciences (3:2:3)
Prerequisites: Senior status & 80% of Biology classes completed
This course will cover general teaching methods needed for state certification and classroom and laboratory techniques utilized in the biological sciences. Practical experience in managing and teaching laboratories will be included.

BIO 407 Medical Microbiology and Immunology (4:3:2)

BIO 440 Plant Physiology & Lab (4:3:3)
Prerequisites: BIO 200 or 208, Fee $15
Functions of plant growth and development.

BIO 446 Orinthology & Lab (3:2:2)
Prerequisite: Any GE Biology Class
Fee: $20 Travel
In-depth study of avian (bird) systematics, distribution, evolution and natural history. One field trip required.

BIO 447 Mammalogy & Lab (3:2:2)
Fee: $5
A study of mammalian diversity, systematics, evolution, morphology, distribution and natural history.

BIO 452 Wildland Ecology & Habitat & Lab (3:2:2)

BIO 460 Advanced Human Anatomy & Lab (4:2:3)

BIO 461 Advanced Physiology & Lab (4:4:3)

BIO 475 Evolutionary Biology (3:2:3)
Prerequisite: BIO 200 or BIO 208 & 375
Basic Darwinian Evolution is presented. Includes the study of the scientific evidences for evolution and the processes through which evolution occurs. The history of life on earth will also be explored.

BIO 480 Plant Pathology & Lab (3:2:2)

BIO 490 Senior Seminar (1:1:0)

BIO 491 Internship 1-3


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


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