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

    (4 credits) (IGE option under Science and the Natural World) 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.
  • General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology

    General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology

    (4 credits) (IGE option under Science and the Natural World) An introduction to molecular and cellular biology, with an examination of the processes common to living organisms and an introduction to the diversity of life, emphasizing unicellular organisms. This introduction will provide students with a basic understanding of macromolecules, cell structure and function, respiration and photosynthesis, the cell cycle, meiosis, genetics, mechanisms of evolutionary change, and Christian perspectives on evolutionary biology.
  • General Biology: Ecology and Organismal Biology

    General Biology: Ecology and Organismal Biology

    (4 credits) (IGE option under Science and the Natural World) An introduction to organismal biology and ecology. Structure and function of representatives from the plant and animal kingdom are emphasized. In addition, students will be introduced to basic ecological concepts and Christian perspectives on stewardship.
  • Ecology

    Ecology

    (4 credits) 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