The biology minor satisfies state secondary teaching endorsement requirements in biology. In addition to the biology minor, you must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program.
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Biology electives 12*
BIO 115SN -
General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
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. (4 credits) (NWCore option under
Science and the Natural World) Note: Three lectures and 3 hours of laboratory work per week.
BIO 116 -
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)
Choose one course: 4
BIO 202WI -
An introduction to the principles of heredity and their practical
applications. Prerequisites: BIO115SN or 116. (4 credits) (Writing
intensive) Note: Includes 3 credits of lab per week. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
BIO 327WI -
Biochemistry: Molecular Genetics
(4 credits)(Writing intensive) This course focuses on the structure and
function of nucleic acids and examines the biochemical techniques involved
in gaining knowledge regarding replication, transcription and translation of
genetic information, and control of gene expression.
Note: Includes 3 hours of lab per week.
Prerequisites: BIO115, CHE321 and 322.
Total credits required: 24
* At least 6 credits must come from courses with labs. Of these 6 credits, at least 2 credits must be from a 300-level course or above.