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Biology @ Casper CollegeBiology Department Mission: “Preparing Students for Life”.

The primary mission of the Biology Department is to provide academic training in Biology and pre-professional areas including medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical and occupational therapy and veterinary science. The Biology Department also assists in providing students the opportunity to earn a Baccalaureate degree in Biology on the Casper College campus via UW/CC.

Located in the Loftin Life Science Building, the Biology Department has state of the art teaching facilities and labs that are some of the best equipped in the region.  The exceptional faculty have diverse backgrounds and they are able to offer courses in a wide variety of biological areas. The faculty foster an interest in, and appreciation for, scientific inquiry.

The Biology Department has excellent facilities allowing educators to provide students with a rich experience in small classes with undivided attention.  The Biology Department offers degree programs in Biology and an array of pre-professional areas, as well as opportunities for research oriented exploration.  Fittingly for a college in a state where natural ecosystems are intact and spectacular, many of the classes emphasize field biology.  Biology courses are offered in both the traditional classroom setting and the Moodle on-line format.

Contact Information:    
Renee Hardy
Academic Assistant
(307) 268-2513
PS 132

Dr. Scott Johnson
Department Head
(307) 268-2001

  • Brandi Atnip (BIOL)
    • Phone: (307) 268-2541
    • Office: LS 110
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  • C. Evert Brown (DENS- Department Head)
    • Phone: (307) 268-2407
    • Office: EI 111/120
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  • John Chase (BIOL)
    • Phone: (307) 268-2898
    • Office: LS 211
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  • Thomas Clifford (BIOL)
    • Phone: (307) 268-2687
    • Office: LS 207
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  • Kelsey Deus (DENS)
    • Phone: (307) 268-2873
    • Office: EI 121
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  • Scott Johnson (BIOL- Department Head)
    • Phone: (307) 268-2001
    • Office: LS 208
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  • Sharyn Polley (BIOL)
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  • Will Robinson (BIOL)
    • Phone: (307) 268-2359
    • Office: LS 206
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BIOL 1000 Introduction to Biology I (3L,3LB,4CR)[E][SB]:
A study of the cell as the unit of life, the chemistry of life, and an overview of the functioning of organs and organ systems of vertebrates. General biological principles such as genetics, homeostasis, and structure/function relationships are emphasized. This course is appropriate for biology and biology-related majors, especially those pursuing health-related degrees such as nursing, medical technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc. It also fulfills the laboratory science requirements of such majors as education, social and behavioral sciences, humanistic studies, English, etc. Biology at the high school level is desirable but not required.

BIOL 1010 General Biology I (3L,3LB,4CR)[E][SB]:
Fundamental concepts including basic chemistry, cell structures and functions, tissues, energy reactions, genetics, molecular biology, population dynamics, and evolutionary theory. Designed for life science majors and preprofessional life science curricula. It is anticipated that students have had one year of high school biology.

BIOL 1020 Life Science (3L,3LB,4CR)[E][SB]:
Life Science is an introductory course emphasizing principles of biology including cell structure and function, genetics, ecology, evolution and organismal biology.  The applications of these principles to societal issues such as the conservation of biodiversity, overpopulation and global environmental changes, biotechnology, and human wellness and disease are also considered.  This course fulfills a laboratory science requirement for non-biology majors such as those in the social and behavioral sciences, humanistic studies, etc. This course is a requirement of elementary education majors and should be taken prior to or concurrently with EDCI 1430.

BIOL 2022 Animal Biology (3L,3LB,4CR):
This course addresses the evolution, anatomy, physiology and ecology of animals. It is intended as a continuation of BIOL 1010, generally for students majoring in the sciences. Prerequisite: BIOL 1010 or equivalent.

BIOL 2023 Plant and Fungal Biology (3L,3LB,4CR):
An introduction to the principles of botany and mycology. Topics discussed include cell structure, anatomy, diversity, taxonomy, physiology, reproduction, genetics, evolution, and ecology of plants and fungi.  Prerequisite: BIOL 1010, 1000, or equivalent.

BIOL 2110 Yellowstone Field Science (3L,3CR):
A field approach to the ecology, natural history and politics of Yellowstone National Park. Students spend a hiking-intensive week and write about the experience under the guidance of an English instructor (ENGL 2055). Concentration will be on plant and animal identification, natural history, and interactions with each other and their environment. Political issues in Yellowstone, i.e., snowmobiles, bison migration and wolf restoration will be discussed.

BIOL 2120 Biomedical and Environmental Ethics (3L,3CR):
This course will examine ethical issues related to medicine, biology technology and the natural environment. During the first half of the course, ethical theory is introduced, and the class will read, discuss and debate material on medical and technological issues such as defining life, abortion, euthanasia, biomedical research, genetic engineering and speciesism. The second half of the course will be devoted to issues such as animal rights, land ethics, crop engineering and the value of wilderness and biodiversity. Much class time is devoted to debate and discussion. College biology recommended.

BIOL 2325 Tropical Ecology (6LB,3CR):
Tropical Ecology utilizes on-site instruction to introduce students to the fundamental principles of tropical biology, the natural history of important tropical plants and animals, and their conservation. Students will be introduced to a variety of habitats, depending on the country visited. Field orientation at each site visited includes identification of plants and animals and general ecology and natural history, area management, history and cultural considerations necessary for conservation and research in the tropics. Financial assistance may be available for interested and qualified students. Prerequisite: BIOL 1000 or BIOL 1010, and permission of the instructor. Students must complete an application form, available from the instructor.

BIOL 2400 General Ecology (3L,3CR) E]:
An introduction to the principles of ecology.  Topics stressed include ecosystems, communities, populations, succession, aquatic and terrestrial habitats, natural selection, abiotic interactions, and speciation. Add Prerequisite of BIOL 1000, BIOL1010 or equivalent. Prerequisite: BIOL 1000, BIOL1010 or equivalent.

BIOL 2410 Field Ecology I (5LB,2CR) E]:
A field and laboratory course to introduce research methods in general ecology. Includes required field trips. Prerequisite: BIOL 1010, or permission of the instructor.

BIOL 2465 Research Problems in Biology (1-3CR) (Max. 3):
A comprehensive research study is required. Upon completing the project, the student should present a paper and oral seminar to a committee selected by the project instructor. The problem and amount of credit received must have the approval of the instructor. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BIOL 2490 Topics in Biology (1L,1CR):
Consists of investigations and discussions with respect to current topics in biology. Subjects for consideration will include global warming, evolution, cloning, aging, gene therapy, stem cell research, ecology, bioeconomy, political correctness, cancer, and alternative medicine. Genetics and ecology will be stressed. Students will be expected to do readings on assigned topics and discuss it in class.

The Greenhouse, operated by the Department of Environmental
and Natural Science, provides a unique educational
experience for our students and the community!

The greenhouse is utilized to enhance biology
and ecology courses at the college, along with
exposing local elementary schools to a wide variety
of plants and some wildlife.

Stop in and visit the cactus room, view unique
plants not ordinarily found in Wyoming, and take
time to find a turtle or talk to the birds!

Hours of Operation:

The Greenhouse will be open Monday thru Friday:   Noon-3 p.m. for drop in visitors.

Private tours can also be scheduled by contacting  Dr. Brown at 268-2407.


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| Biology Departmental Report (coming soon!) |

The School of Science houses more than a dozen strong programs in the physical and life sciences. The faculty in the School of Science include accomplished paleontologists, physicists, engineers, mathematicians and seasoned professionals from agricultural, nutrition and other industries. Students have access to modern and well-equipped laboratories in the Loftin Life Science Center and the Wold Physical Science Center.

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