03 April 2019 C.E.

Introductory Remarks

Welcome to BIO182. Since you have already made it through BIO181, you already know that biology courses are full of information and require learning a huge number of new words. This course is no different. There ARE large differences between this course and BIO181, however, and I'd like to say a couple things about two of those differences.

BIO182 is a hybrid course, and perhaps you have never taken a hybrid course. This means that the course is partly a live (in-person) course and partly an online course. So we will be meeting only twice per week for a lecture and a laboratory exercise. While this is convenient for students, because it allows for greater schedule flexibility, it comes at a price. The price is extra responsibility. One thing that you likely learned very well from BIO181 is that it is very difficult to do well if you try to put off studying until just before an examination or a due date. You should put that lesson to good use in this course, because the online half of BIO182 will require an extraordinary degree of self-discipline. Therefore, the biggest mistake you can make in this course is to think that having only two weekly meetings means that you don't have to think about BIO182 on the other days. PLEASE start the term off well and commit to setting a schedule for yourself, so you can be sure to devote some time to this course each day.

The other big difference I want to discuss is one of scope and level of study. BIO181 was biology at the intracellular level. We spent the entire term "inside the cell". BIO182 studies biology at the extracellular level, so we are going to "step outside the cell" and study life's other levels of organization (organisms, populations, ecosystems, etc). We're also going to delve much deeper into evolution as a topic. Introductory two-term biology sequences can be (and are) taught in either order (cell level first or cell level second). I happen to think it makes more sense to study biology at the cellular level first, but some instructors prefer the reverse. In any case, you have already completed study at the cellular level, so I hope that you can put your BIO181 knowledge to good use as we continue our study of biology from a now wider perspective. I encourage to you to try to make connections between what you will learn in BIO182 and what you already learned in BIO181.

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. The menu at the left might contain some items that are not yet active links. That's just because not everything is ready yet, but eventually all menu item will be activated.

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'd 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). Always use the refresh link at the top to ensure you have the latest information.

I'll see you in class.