Biology 112


Spring, 2012

Human Genealogy Powerpoint

Instructor : Dr. Jerry Skinner; Capwell 211; Phone 945-8404; email:

Class Meetings:  3 credits.  Lecture:   M-F 12:30-1:45 pm in Capwell 310 (inclement weather:  130-220 pm) ; Lab:  Tues 8-9:50 am in Capwell 202 (inclement weather:  10-11 am).

Product DetailsRaven, P., D. Hassenzahl, and L. Berg.  2011.  Environment, 8th ed.  John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ.  592+ pp. ISBN 1118138104   Textbook's student website

Lecture PowerPoints

Chapter 1 Chapter 6 Chapter 11 Chapter 16
Chapter 2 Chapter 7 Chapter 12 Chapter 17
Chapter 3 Chapter 8 Chapter 13 Chapter 18
Chapter 4 Chapter 9 Chapter 14 Chapter 19
Chapter 5 Chapter 10 Chapter 15 Chapter 20


Lab materials will be handed out to you in class.  

Course Objectives : To enable you, as informed citizens, to understand the interrelationships of population growth, energy needs and use, and environmental concerns (especially those related to energy production and consumption). Think globally--act locally! 

Tentative Schedule
Understanding our environment: What do you think our environmental problems are?  A threat you may not have heard about.  Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide.

Ch 1. Introduction Environmental Science and Sustainability

Assignment: Environmental Organization: due Tuesday in lab.

Scientific Method:  What's Your Sign?


Three chapters about how the natural world works:

Ch 3 Ecosystems and Energy

Ch 4 Ecosystems and the Physical Environment

Ch 5 Ecosystems and Living Organisms


Film:  Rachel Carson's Silent Spring


         continued Optimal Foraging "Game"


Major Ecosystems of the world-biome presentations Estimating the size of a population of birds:  birdbanding
Ch 8  The Human Population Owl Dietary Analysis


No class Monday Afforestation
Ch 16 Biological Resources  


Ch 10 Energy Consumption

Ch 11 Fossil Fuels

Modeling a Lake
  12 Spring Break Spring Break
  19 Ch 12 Renewable Energy & Nuclear Power  
  26 Ch 19 Air Pollution Water quality:  Hach kits
APR 2 Ch 20 Global Climate Change Water quality of Tunkhannock Creek
  9 No class Monday Effect of Acid Rain on Salamanders
  16 Ch 21 Water Pollution Riffle fishes/island biogeography
  23 Ch 23 Solid & Hazardous Wastes Lake Manataka
  30 Marcellus Shale & NEPA Water Snapshot/macroinvertebrates
MAY 7 Finals week--date and time TBA  
ABOUT LABS: I have not made up a schedule of labs. Some are indoor activities and some are outdoors. Unfortunately, most of the outside ones deal with the more complex concepts that should come at the end of the semester when it will be too cold to be outdoors (or the organisms have been killed by frost or are hibernating). Therefore, the labs will probably not be current with lecture topics. Also, due to the vagaries of the weather, I will probably not decide about the week's lab until the day or two before. What this means to you is that we will not be outside in 3 feet of snow or work in streams after a rain. Also, you should come to outdoor labs in field clothes--this means you should expect to get wet, dirty, sweaty, etc. Bring along a change of clothes, rain gear, etc. if necessary. I don't want to see someone in a skirt, shorts or Foster-Grants on lab day. Labs may not be handed out to you before the lab. If it is handed out ahead of time, it is expected that you will have read it BEFORE you come to lab.


Grading Policy
Quizzes (4 @ 30 pts)


Final exam (comprehensive)**
Computer Assignment
Biome Presentation
Endangered Species Papers (2@25)
Environmental Organization
Environmental Personality
Letters/Emails (2@25)

Grading Scale
93 - 100
90 - 92.9
87 - 89.9
83 - 86.9
80 - 82.9
77 - 79.9
73 - 76.9
70 - 72.9
60 - 66.9
less than 60%

Bonuses:  If you have a 96.000% or higher average, you are exempt from taking the final exam. 
Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the assigned date.  Late assignments will not be accepted.

Attendance policy: You are expected to be present at all class meetings, but there is no penalty for missed classes except for a zero for participation that day. Attendance, however, is recorded every class.


The Fine Print:

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Academic Honesty – Division of Natural Science and Mathematics
All students are subject to the College's policy and procedure on academic dishonesty;  see the current Keystone College catalog. 
The Natural Science and Mathematics Division recognizes that any form or degree of academic dishonesty challenges the principles of truth and honesty which are among the most important founding principles of science and mathematics discovery.  Keystone College treats academic dishonesty as a serious violation of academic trust.  It penalizes all students found to have engaged in such behavior.
Academic honesty within the College and the Natural Science and Mathematics Division must be a cooperative enterprise of faculty, students and administrators. Acts of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to the following:

  1. The illegitimate use of study materials or electronic devices in any form during a quiz or examination.
  2. Copying answers from the quiz or examination paper of another student.
  3. Plagiarizing or falsifying materials or information used in the completion of any assignment which is graded or evaluated as the student's individual effort. Plagiarism includes submitting as one's own the ideas or work of another, including the laboratory data, written materials or the computer files of another, regardless of whether that information is used verbatim or in paraphrased form.  The same applies to anything derived from the Internet, including research papers purchased online. 
  4. Obtaining, through theft, bribery, or collusion, or otherwise improperly securing an examination paper prior to the time and date for the administration of the examination. Also, use of an examination paper previously administered (e.g., during an earlier term) without the consent of the instructor who authored the examination.
  5. Impersonating a candidate at an examination or availing oneself of such an impersonation in any traditional or online class. 
  6. Intentionally interfering with any person's scholastic work, for example, by damaging or stealing laboratory experiments, computer data files or library materials.
  7. It is presumed that material submitted by a student for an assignment is original to that assignment and, therefore, submitting the same work for more than one course without the consent of the instructors of each course in which the work is submitted is considered dishonest.  Submission of previously graded work from prior assignments is considered dishonest. 
  8. Aiding or abetting any act of academic dishonesty including but not limited to such offenses as described above.

Any student caught cheating, or using someone’s work as their own, will be reported to the Academic Dean of the College.  A grade of zero will be recorded for that assignment/test/quiz. For more information on dishonest acts including plagiarism, cheating, and fraud, consult your Student Information Guide.

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