16 April 2019 C.E.

Depending on how you have your Canvas preferences set, you might receive some notifications from Canvas about your scores in BIO181 for the upcoming fall term. Please rest assured that nothing is due before the first meeting on 19 August, and you may safely disregard those automated messages from Canvas. I'll see you on the first day.

29 March 2019 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.