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

Phone: 505.786.4100
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

 

Kirtland Instructional Site
540 Road 6580, Kirtland, NM 87417
Phone: 505.598.4580

 

Zuni Instructional Site
67 301 North, Zuni, NM 87327
Phone: 505.782.6010 or 6022

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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 (130 Credits)

Semester ONECreditsPrerequisites
COMM 1130 Public Speaking 3 ENGL 1210 OR 1110
ECON 1110 Survey of Economics 3  
ENGL 1110 Composition I 3 ENGL 098
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 3  
MATH 1220 College Algrebra 4 MATH 1215
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  
NAV 110 Foundations of Navajo Culture 3  
BIOL 120 Principles of Biology I 4  
Semester THREE  
HIST 2150 History of the American Southwest 3 ENGL 098
NAV 225 Diné Philosophy of Education 3  
PSYC 2120 Developmental Psychology 3 PSYC 110
CHEM 1217C General Chemistry I with Laboratory 4 MTH 120, CHEM 1120
PHYS 1115C Survey of Physics with Lab 4  
Semester FOUR  
MTH 315 Biostatics 4 MATH 1120
BIOL 122 Principles of Biology II 4 BIO 120
CHM 122 General Chemistry II 4 CHEM 1217C
PHYS 1230C Algebra Based Physics I Lecture & Lab 4 MATH 1215
Semester FIVE  
BIOL 263C General Botany Lecture & Lab 4  
CHM 468 Organic Chemistry with Lab 4 CHM 122
BIOL 2310 Microbology 4 BIOL 120 OR 122
BIO 226 Principles of Genetics 4 BIO 120 or 122
Semester SIX  
CHM 286 Inorganic Chemistry with Lab 4 CHEM 1217C
BIOL 130 Human Anatomy with Physiology I 4  
BIOL 302 Cell Biology 4 BIO 120 OR 122
BIOL 409 Molecular Biology 4 BIO 120 OR 122
Semester SEVEN  
CHM 470 Organic Chemistry II with Lab 4 CHM 468
CHM 472 Introduction to Biochemistry 4 BIO 302 or permission
BIOL 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 BIO 130
BIOL 410 Ecology 4  
Semester EIGHT  
BIOL 404 Bioinformatics 4 BIO 120, 122, 226, 302 and CHM 471
BIOL 408 Nutrition and Obesity 4  
BIOL 411 Ethnobotany 4  
BIO ELEC - Choose One  
BIOL 225 Medical Writing 4-5 Credits ENGL 1110 or 1120
BIOL 2310, BIO 302
BIO 120, 122, 224, 226, 302
BIO 120, 122, 226, 302 and CHM 471
BIO 120, 122, & CHM 471
BIO 120, 122 & CHM 471
BIOL 400 Model Organisms
BIOL 402 Biology Research Projects
BIOL 405 Cancer Biology and Therapeutics
BIOL 406 Diabetes and Complications
BIO 407 Diagnostic Enzymology
BIOL 412 Development Biology
BIOL 413 Evolutionary Biology
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS130 

 

Program Advisors
Dr. Godwin Ifere, Associate Professor of Biology
Email: gifere@navajotech.edu
Phone: 505.786.4330

Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Calabar, Nigeria
M.Sc., Clinical Biochemistry, University of Calabar, Nigeria
B.Sc., Biochemistry, University Ilorin, Nigeria

 

 

Contact NTU

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

Phone: 505.786.4100
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


Kirtland Instructional Site
540 Road 6580, Kirtland, New Mexico 87417

Phone: 505.598.4585


Zuni Instructional Site
67 301 North, Zuni, NM 87327

Phone: 505.782.6010