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Catherine Black

Catherine Black, M.S.

Assistant Lecturer
Science Education

Office: Tingey Administration Bldg (Idaho Falls) 165

(208) 282-7829


1996, M.S. Biology, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
1994, B.A. Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Biographical Sketch

Catherine Black received her M.S. in Biology from ISU in 1996, became a full-time member of the faculty in 1998, and is currently an Associate Lecturer. She has been involved with undergraduate instruction in Idaho Falls since the construction of the Center for Higher Education building was completed there in 1994, when she was teaching laboratories as a graduate teaching assistant. She has been heavily involved in growing the Idaho Falls program and teaches at all undergraduate levels. She is renowned by her students for her off-campus field trips in General Ecology, making connections that cannot be achieved in the classroom. She engages students and encourages them to challenge themselves by stressing problem solving and critical thinking. She frequently works with undergraduate students to develop their own research projects. In Fall 2013, she brought the last course required for a B.S. in Biology to the Idaho Falls campus.

Catherine Black also provides her students with many opportunities for service learning in the Idaho Falls community. She has been active in ISU's co-sponsorship of the annual Idaho Water Awareness Festival for many years, which has 1,000 elementary school student visit multiple science stations, involving numerous of her ISU students in operating this day-long event. In addition, she frequently brings undergraduates into K-12 schools to provide hands-on science activities to the area youth. She has also developed science activities for minority high school students visiting the ISU campus as part of the Celebrate Your Future event.


BIOL 1101 Biology I
BIOL 1102 Biology II
BIOL 1102L Biology II Lab
BIOL 2209 General Ecology
BIOL 2209L General Ecology Lab
BIOL 3316 Biometry Lab
BIOL 4491 Seminar
BIOL 4492 Seminar


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Pocatello, Idaho, 83209

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