Maria Eifler

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Class Format

Face-to-face sessions are paced to accommodate the needs of the class. There is a lot of material to cover, but often a wide range of student backgrounds and abilities. I emphasize conceptual understanding of course material, but present applications and examples to focus on the relevance of course concepts to student’s day-to-day life. I present material as a PowerPoint presentation that is posted on D2L for student access, and prepare study guides for each topic to help guide exam preparation.

Resource Use

Textbooks and laboratory manuals are essential requirements for all my courses. I make use of the online resources available through the textbook for assignments in BIOL 121.

Online homework has been a requirement for BIOL 121.


I base my courses on 1,000 points; for BIOL 121 there are 3 lecture exams during the semester.  The final exam consists of a 4th hourly exam plus short cumulative part that re-emphasizes certain concepts emphasized throughout the course. We have daily quizzes, 4 lab exams, and assignments spread throughout the semester. Lecture exams count for 45% of final grades, lab exams 15%, quizzes 10%, and assignments 30% in BIOL 121. For BIOL 150 and 125, tests count for 56% of final grades, lab exams 37%, and a term paper or final project 7%; there are no additional assignments in these courses.

Homework Policy

All homework due dates are laid out in the course syllabus at the beginning of the semester; late work is not accepted without a valid excuse, a policy that is also laid out in the syllabus.

Attendance Policy

While I do not consider attendance in determining your grade in my courses, missing classes will compromise your ability to learn the course material. If you must miss an exam and have a valid excuse, I will arrange for you to take a make-up test in the Testing Center.  There are no make-ups for missed in-class quizzes or for lab exams.


I am typically only on campus on days and times when I teach, but am easily contacted via email.  I typically respond to student emails within 12 hours, and arrange meeting times with students if you are not able to see me with questions or problems before or after class (during office hours).