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Navajo Technical University
Lowerpoint Road, State Hwy 371
Crownpoint NM 87313

Phone: 505.387.7401
Fax: 505.786.5644

 

Chinle Instructional Site
PO Box 849, Chinle AZ, 86503
Phone: 928.674.5764
Fax: 928.674.5700

 

Teec Nos Pos Instructional Site
PO Box 1203, Teec Nos Pos, AZ 86514
Phone: 928.656.3600
Fax: 928.656.3596

 

Bond Wilson Technical Center
40 Road 6580, Kirtland, NM 87417
Phone: 505.609.5020/5017

 

Zuni Instructional Site
67 301 North, Zuni, NM 87327
Phone: 505.782.6010

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Mission Statement
Specifically, the aspiration of our Department is to prepare students to make contributions to their local communities and beyond as educators, researchers, and professionals. In support of this mission, and recognizing the breadth and diversity in the life sciences, the Navajo Technical University Department of Biology offers its students a comprehensive education in the biological sciences by providing them the opportunity to pursue a B.S degree with emphasis in general biology. Our goal is to graduate students with a broad understanding of the processes, concepts, and organizations of life at the molecular/cellular, systemic/organismal, and the community/ecosystems levels. To strengthen this goal, students are required to reinforce the theoretical knowledge gained in various courses with laboratory and field experiences that will eventually prepare them to pursue a range of careers in the general education, biological sciences, allied health, and health sciences, including many other fields that engage directly with various aspects of human adaptation and welfare. Since today’s professional biologist need advanced degrees or specific training, our program prepares them to pursue higher degrees in biology and health-related professional schools.

The Biology Degree program is rich in biology and chemistry, and other related areas of study that includes biochemistry, genetics and cell biology. The program provides a solid background in physics and mathematics.

Students develop a broad knowledge of biology that is integrated with dynamic high quality research programs in specialized areas like molecular biology, genetics, animal and plant physiology, ecology, cell and developmental biology, evolution and behavior. Research experience would instill students the scientific application of theoretical knowledge to real world problems, as well as the opportunity to work with and get to know researchers working in their desired fields. Knowledge of these specialized subjects is intended to lay the groundwork for entry into a range of much needed professions in the Native American Communities such as the Navajo Nation, including medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, conservation and management of the environment, and broader job opportunities elsewhere in biotechnology, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.

A student needs to complete the core Biology and general education courses within the first two years of study with a grade point average of 2.5 or better before taking the upper level core courses (300 and 400-level courses).

 

Degree Checklist (PDF)

 

Biology Requirements (119-120 Credits)

Semester ONECreditsPrerequisites
ENGL 1110 Composition I 3  
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 3  
MATH 1220 College Algrebra 4 MATH 1215 or satisfactory placement scores
SSC 100 College Success 1  
Semester TWO
ENGL 1120 Composition II 3 ENGL 1210 OR 1110
MATH 1230 Trigonometry 4 MATH 1220
HUMN 1180 History of American Indians in Media 3  
NAVA 2210 Navajo Culture 3  
BIOL 2110C Principles of Biology: Cellular & Molecular Biology 4  
Semester THREE
ENGL 2130 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 ENGL 098
CHEM 1217C Principles of Chemistry I 4 MTH 120, CHEM 1120
PHYS 1115C Survey of Physics with Lab 4  
Semester FOUR
MTH 315 Biostatics 4 MATH 1120
BIOL 2120C Cellular & Molecular Biology 4 BIO 120
CHEM 1225C General Chemistry II for STEM Majors 4 CHEM 1217C
PHYS 1230C Algebra Based Physics I 4 MATH 1215
Semester FIVE
BIOL 2630C General Botany 4  
CHEM 2130C Organic Chemistry I 4 CHM 122
BIOL 2310C Microbology 4 BIOL 2110C or BIOL 2120C
BIO 226 Principles of Genetics 4 BIO 120 or 122
Semester SIX
CHEM 286 Inorganic Chemistry with Lab II 4 CHEM 1217C
BIOL 1310C Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4  
BIOL 302 Cell Biology 4 BIOL 2110C or BIOL 2120C
BIOL 409 Molecular Biology 4 BIOL 2110C or BIOL 2120C
Semester SEVEN
CHEM 2135C Organic Chemistry II 4 CHM 468
BIOL 2130C Introduction to Biochemistry 4 BIO 302 or permission
BIOL 1320C Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology 4 BIOL 1310C
BIOL 410 Ecology 4  
Semester EIGHT
BIOL 404 Bioinformatics 4 BIOL 2110C, 122, 206, 302, and CHM 471
BIOL 408 Nutrition and Obesity 4  
BIOL 411 Ethnobotany 4  
BIO ELEC - Choose One BIOL 225 Medical Writing
BIOL 400 Model Organisms
BIO 402 Biology Research Projects
BIO 405 Cancer Biology and Therapeutics
BIO 406 Diabetes and Complications
BIO 407 Diagnostic Enzymology
BIO 412 Development Biology
413 Evolutionary Biology
4-5 SEE CATALOG FOR PREREQUISITES
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS119-120 

 

 

Contact NTU

Navajo Technical University
Lowerpoint Road, State Hwy 371
Crownpoint, NM 87313

Phone: 505.387.7401
Fax: 505.786.5644


Chinle Instructional Site
PO Box 849, Chinle, AZ 86503

Phone: 928.674.5764
Fax: 928.674.5700


Teec Nos Pos Instructional Site
PO Box 1203, Teec Nos Pos, AZ 86514

Phone: 928.656.3600
Fax: 928.656.3596


Bond Wilson Technical Center
40 Road 6580
Kirtland, NM 87417
(505) 609-5020/5017
(Located off of Highway 64 next to Judy Nelson Elementary School in Kirtland, NM)


Zuni Instructional Site
67 301 North, Zuni, NM 87327

Phone: 505.782.6010