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Instructors have provided the following information to generally describe what to expect in their classes.


Class Format

Face-to-face sections are typically moderately paced, whole group sessions with an emphasis on conceptual understanding. Real world examples and explanations help reinforce material from the textbook. Students are encouraged to participate in class discussions.

Resource Use

Textbooks are essential to BIOL 130. The textbook supplements the lecture and provides further explanation for concepts discussed in class.


All classes have five exams, a 10-page term paper and a final exam. Roughly 75% of the grade will be determined by the exams and 25% by the term paper.

Homework Policy

Due to fairness considerations, late work is NOT accepted.

Attendance Policy

Your absence may affect your grade because of your subsequent lack of knowledge and understanding. However, absences are NOT part of the grading formula. Make-up exams are permitted with the approval of the instructor in the case of illness or emergency.


I am normally on campus early morning through mid-afternoon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I check my email daily and can be also reached through Desire2Learn.