08 December 2018 C.E.

Please take this very quick survey about scheduling courses. This is NOT the course evaluation for the current class.


07 December 2018 C.E.

I have received notice that very few of you have submitted the Class Climate (course evaluation) survey. Please look for the email sent to you from the college, and submit the survey to rate this course and me as your instructor. Thanks.

19 November 2018 C.E.

A message from Landis Elliott:

US Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center, USDA

PAID: $13.15- 16.52 per hour

Application Due Date: November 25, 2018


Description: USDA is looking for a student interested in helping geneticists to implement and conduct breeding trials, assist in experimental design, layout and analysis, apply chemical and biological materials to manage insects and diseases and collect data from field and greenhouse. USDAs preference would be a students that could work at the facility at least 3 days per week (there is a west valley carpool) for approximately 20 hours for a one year commitment. Student must have taken or be enrolled in BIO 181 and instructor recommendation is required (list instructor name and phone number in your online application).

Duties and Responsibilities:

Experience with operation of hydraulic machinery and other power equipment, or willing to learn.

Seed quality and quantity tests and trials.

Sorting, cleaning and store seeds inventories.

Lab chemical test for oil and fatty acid profiles and seed quality.

Willing to learn/experience with computer programming such as python, javascript office access.

18 November 2018 C.E.

A message from Sonya Zetlan:

Thinking about going into careers in science, math, or medicine?
Don't know much about how to get there?
Want a PAID summer internship to help you gain experience in the field?

Use this URL to enroll in a Canvas short-course!
Perusing the site should take you about 30 minutes.
You will learn about graduate school in many fields.
And, included at the end of the site is a list of hundreds of PAID summer internships in science and math.

Most internships listed are 6-10 weeks, and pay room, board, travel, and a stipend for the student ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The internships are offered by various universities and government agencies, and are designed for students from freshman to senior students. (There is even a section for high school students to encourage younger siblings and friends).

16 November 2018 C.E.

Be sure to refresh the page (click the button at the top left of the page) to reveal the Retake Option.

01 October 2018 C.E.

Since registration for the next term will be starting very soon, I want you to realize that the requirements have changed. Now, when you register for a course, you must pay or set up a payment plan on the same day that you register. Otherwise, you will be automatically withdrawn on the following day. This can cause you to be locked out if the course fills. Don't let that happen.

24 September 2018 C.E.

I need to modify my office hours for today. I will not be available from 13:30 - 14:30 today. This has a pretty good likelihood of affecting none of you, but I wanted to let you all know.

20 September 2018 C.E.

I have attached the graded version of the Salt Water Report to the assignment slot in Canvas. By graded, I mean that there are comments left in the Word document that's attached. Make sure you have comments visible in Word to see them.

15 September 2018 C.E.

I have been erroneously locked out of Canvas by the college. Until this gets resolved, I will not be able to update any scores. Hopefully, they'll have this straightened out by Monday. I'll add this to the list of things to dislike about Canvas.

10 September 2018 C.E.

Examination 1 Descriptive Statistics

Mean: 52.5%
Minimum: 28%
Maximum: 78%

25 August 2018 C.E.

Recall that when I was in Student View on Canvas last Wednesday, I couldn't get the Salt Water Prelab to work when I clicked on it from the Grades page. I noticed, though, that it will work if I click on the link in either the To Do or Coming Up list at the right of the Home page on Canvas. I recommend that you do the same. Also, completing the prelab involves viewing a Flash animation, so you will likely have to use a desktop computer instead of a mobile device to get it to work.

24 August 2018 C.E.

Now that my courses have been confirmed by Estrella, I have added office hours to my syllabus. I also corrected a couple small errors I found. You should obey the 24 August version.

Also, if you ever decide to visit me during an office hour, you'll notice that my office is a room (MON122A) that's in a suite (MON122). That means, you'll have to enter MON122 then look for my office at your left (assuming you don't walk backwards). Anyway, I'll try to be sure that the door to the suite is blocked open during my office hours (because it requires a card to unlock the door), but the suite is undergoing construction, so it might get closed by someone else. If you can't get the door open, just knock loudly, and I'll come and open it.

Enjoy the weekend.

24 August 2018 C.E.

If you are in the Honors Program and you're curious about my policy, you should know that I do allow honors projects to be completed for this course, but only if you score within the A range on the first examination.

23 August 2018 C.E.

For copies of the optional (practice) handouts (and the answers), please visit this page.

17 August 2018 C.E.

Another link ("Pre-lab Worksheets") has been added to the course website's menu.

17 August 2018 C.E.

Two new links ("Laboratory Reports" and "Microsoft Office") have been added to the course website's menu.

17 August 2018 C.E.

Please realize that if you do not attend the first meeting, you will be withdrawn form the course. If something arises that prevents you from attending on 20 August, you must contact me immediately ( to prevent such withdrawal. Thanks, and I'll see you Monday.

14 August 2018 C.E.

I corrected an error in the syllabus. Thanksgiving was listed incorrectly in the laboratory schedule. Please be sure to refer to the version marked as "Last Modified 14 August 2018 C.E".

01 August 2018 C.E.

A message from Becky Baranowski:

What: Engineering/Computer Science Scholarship
How much: $800 each semester
How to qualify:
1. Students must have financial need (fill out FAFSA)
2. GPA of 3.0 or higher
3. Must be a U.S. Citizen or resident
4. Must be enrolled or have taken college algebra (pass with C or better)
5. Must be an engineering or computer science major

1. Must meet with a mentor 3 times a semester
2. Must enroll in Special Projects course, MAT298AB #36330, on Friday from 2:15-4:15pm
3. Must watch and comment on a minimum of 7 ASU videos (videos are created by ASU faculty which cover things from resume writing, how to get a 4.0, career paths, etc)
4. Must go on ASU field trip (date: TBD)
5. Must submit a career and interest paper (more info provided at orientation with student recipients).
6. Must attend orientation (date: TBD)

Applications can be submitted here:

Due date: August 27th

For more questions, please send them my way.
Office: MON245
Phone: 623-935-8596

30 March 2018 C.E.

Introductory Remarks

Welcome to BIO181. If you've never taken this course before, the most important thing you can do to help you succeed is to realize IMMEDIATELY what you are in for. BIO181 is a very demanding course that will require many hours outside of the classroom to learn the huge amount of information that will be presented. Please do yourself a favor and just believe me on this, regardless of how easy your other courses might have seemed.

Since BIO181 is going to consume so much of your time just to stay afloat, it is worth taking some time right now looking at the various items that are on this website. After the term starts, you will be very busy, and if by then you already know what's available here to help you, you'll be able to work as efficiently as possible.

There are two details you should take care of as soon as possible. Those are the two electronic forms that are available here. The Rules Consent Form is absolutely required. If you do not submit it by the end of the first week of classes, then I will withdraw you from my class. The Bonus Points Form is not strictly required, but it is the only opportunity you'll have for any extra points in this course, so it is foolish not to submit that.

You should also realize that checking the website FREQUENTLY is absolutely required. If you would like to receive automated email notifications of new announcements, then simply join the list.

Even if no announcements are posted for several days, you still need to check for new announcements, because announcements will be official (and therefore binding).

It's also important to be sure that you are enrolled in the correct course. BIO181 is for biology majors, whereas BIO156 (which I also teach and which is very similar to BIO181) is for allied health majors.

If I sound like I'm trying to scare you, that's because I'm trying to scare you. But I only want to scare you into believing me about how demanding this course will be, because I want you to succeed, and I want you to get a lot out of the course. I certainly don't want to imply that you cannot enjoy this course. It'll be a lot of work, but it's also a very good course, and I think you'll learn a lot and have some fun. I'll see you in class.