Biology faculty

Laura Furlong, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
Department Chair

Ph.D., University of California-Santa Barbara
M.A., University of California-Santa Barbara
B.S., California Polytechnic State University

712-707-7008
lfurlong@nwciowa.edu
VPH 213

Profile

An environmental scientist, Dr. Furlong holds a doctorate in ecology, evolution and marine biology. Her research and publications have been in the fields of stream ecology, entomology and biogeography, and she has experience as a biological consultant. Furlong teaches Introduction to Environmental Science, General Biology, Invertebrate Zoology and Aquatic Ecology. She has also been a stream ecology instructor for the Creation Care Study Program in Belize.


Courses

  • Introduction to Environmental Science

    Introduction to Environmental Science

    An introduction to an understanding of earth's basic life support systems, the impact of human activity on such systems, and the ethical basis and strategies for human response to environmental degradation.(4 credits)
  • General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology

    General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology

    General Biology I emphasizes the unity of life, examining the processes common to living organisms, and introduce the diversity of life, examining unicellular organisms. This introduction will provide students with a basic understanding of macromolecules, cell structure and function, respiration and photosynthesis, the cell cycle, meiosis, the relationship between gene structure and function, mechanisms of evolutionary change and Christian perspectives on evolutionary biology. (4 credits)
  • General Biology: Ecology and Organismal Biology

    General Biology: Ecology and Organismal Biology

    General Biology II is an introduction to organismal biology emphasizing the diversity of life forms. Representative organisms from the plant and animal kingdoms will be emphasized. Students will also be introduced to basic ecological concepts and Christian perspectives on stewardship. (4 credits)
  • Ecology

    Ecology

    A study of the processes determining the distribution and abundance of organisms in space and time, their exchange of matter and energy with their environment, the measurement of these phenomena, and the application of ecological knowledge in the care of creation. Prerequisites: BIO115 and 116 (4 credits)