Biosci-106 - Organismal/Environmental Biology - Thomas Smith
Hello. I'm Thomas Smith. I have always been interested in animals, plants, and all the other organisms that most of us do not even notice. I like teaching this course because it gives me an opportunity to renew my appreciation for the biodiversity of life.
Considering that scientists have described well over a million species on earth, there is much to do in this course! The reason for this is because we will survey the biodiversity of our planet, understand how it came to be and examine the relationships between organisms both from an evolutionary and ecological standpoint.
It is important to set aside adequate time in your schedule to attend all class sessions in a timely manner. Additionally, my recommendation is to set aside an additional 6 hours per week for studying/working on assignments independently. This totals about 12 hours per week minimum. This and keeping up with the material and the assignments will keep you on a path to success. I also hold office hours that I encourage you to attend.
I will be sending an email to all students with course specifics 1 week prior to the beginning of class. However, please feel free to email me with any questions.
I look forward to meeting you!
BioSci 106 is one part of a two-semester course sequence for beginning biology majors. Covered topics include, in addition to the biological diversity that I already mentioned, the scientific process, heredity, evolution, taxonomy and systematics, ecology and animal behavior.
What to Expect in this Course
Expect to spend the necessary time reading and analyzing the course material, asking a lot of questions, and engaging with one another.
There is a tremendous amount of value in the interactions between students. Please be prepared to engage freely in our online discussions. If you are curious about the living things around you, then you are ready for this course.
Types of Assessments
Information on Assessment types will be included in the orientation letter sent out the week prior to the beginning of classes.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Textbook information will be included in the orientation letter sent out the week prior to the beginning of classes.
Other Relevant Course Information
Students often say that this is a "fun" course because of all the organisms they are able to see and study. I hope that you will find that it is the same for you!
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Last updated: 03/31/2022 Sub#: 1324