[BSCI] Courses

Science is an approach to asking and answering questions about the natural world that values empirical observation as a key foundation for developing theories that explain observations. It helps us make sense of the biological processes that underlie the world around us. Inquiries that use a scientific framework draw upon empirical observations (including experimentation), draw logical conclusions supported by the evidence, and articulate evidence-based arguments to advance those conclusions. For conclusions to be accepted, they must be corroborated by others and make accurate predictions. And yet, scientific inquiry is an ongoing cycle, constantly developing more useful, accurate and comprehensive models and methods.

To fulfill part of the UCORE Inquiry: Ways of Knowing requirements, students choose one course (3 credits) in Biological Science [BSCI] and one course (3 credits) in Physical Science [PSCI] such that either the BSCI course or the PSCI course has a 1 lab credit. Courses that fulfill the lab requirement are marked with a (L). College of Arts and Sciences students take one additional credit of Lab (L).

Student Learning Outcomes

Students, regardless of major, who successfully complete a [BSCI] course should be able to:

  • Draw conclusions based on biological science methods or evidence, as appropriate to course level. (WSU Learning Goal: Scientific Literacy)
  • Apply quantitative methods and principles to solve biological science problems or explain scientific observations. (WSU Learning Goal: Quantitative Reasoning)
  • Identify how biological science informs societal developments and issues. (WSU Learning Goal: Critical Thinking)
  • Evaluate biological scientific claims or information based on the sources and the methods used to generate it, as appropriate to course level. (WSU Learning Goal: Information Literacy)
  • Communicate effectively biological science information or findings in written forms appropriate to the discipline. (WSU Learning Goal: Written Communication)
  • Understand fundamental knowledge and concepts in biological science. (WSU Learning Goal: Breadth of Learning)

Revised outcomes approved Spring 2022.

Available [BSCI] Courses

View [BSCI] courses in the WSU catalog.

Course PrefixCourse NumberCourse TitleCreditsCollegeStatus
ANIM_SCI205Companion Animal Nutrition3CAHNRSRenewed S20
ANTH260Introduction to Biological Anthropology (L)4CASRenewed S20
ANTH268Sex, Evolution, and Human Nature3CASSubmit for renewal S24
ANTH280Skeleton Keys: The Basics of Forensic Anthropology3CASApproved F20
ANTH381Primate Behavioral Ecology3CASRenewed F22
BIOLOGY101Biology of Humans3CASRenewed S20
BIOLOGY 102General Biology (L)4CASRenewed S20
BIOLOGY105General Biology Laboratory (L)1CASApproved S22
BIOLOGY106Introductory Biology: Organismal Biology (L)4CASRenewed S22
BIOLOGY107Introductory Biology: Cell Biology and Genetics (L)4CASRenewed F19
BIOLOGY111Laboratory Experiments in Biology and Genetics (L)1CASRenewed F22
BIOLOGY120Introductory Botany (L)4CASRenewed F20
BIOLOGY140Introduction to Nutritional Science3CASRenewed F20
BIOLOGY150Evolution3CASRenewed F20
BIOLOGY298Honors Biology for Non-Science Majors (L)4CASSubmit for renewal S24
BIOLOGY308Marine Ecology3CASRenewed S23
BIOLOGY333Human Nutrition and Health3CASRenewed S23
ENTOM101Insects and People: A Perspective3CAHNRSRenewed S22
ENTOM103Discover Insects: Laboratory for Non-Science Majors (L)1CAHNRSSubmit for renewal S23
FS201Science on Your Plate3CAHNRSRenewed F22
FS202Science on Your Plate Laboratory1CAHNRSApproved S22
HORT150Science and Art of Growing Plants (L)4CAHNRSSubmit for renewal F22
MBIOS101Introductory Microbiology (L)4VetMedSubmit for renewal F22
MBIOS320DNA and Society3VetMedRenewed S23
NEUROSCI105Meet Your Brain3VetMedApproved F19
NEUROSCI150Art and the Brain3VetMedSubmit for renewal S23
SCIENCE102Integrated Science: Dynamic Systems of the Natural World (L)4CASRenewed S20
SOE110The Environment, Human Life, and Sustainability (L)4CAS / CAHNRSRenewed S22
SOIL_SCI201Soil: A Living System3CAHNRSRenewed S22
SOIL_SCI202Introductory Soil Science Laboratory1CAHNRSRenewed S24