Course Info


Fall 2017


This part of the website details exactly what you need, and when you need it, to excel in this course. Required texts, technology, important group assignment dates, as well as a complete semester schedule and syllabus can be found here. For your convenience, a copy of the University academic calendar is also provided. If there is anything missing from this section that would prove helpful, send us some feedback! – Course Coordinator (Irena Horvatt)



Important Items You Need:

The texts and technologies required to succeed in this course:

Download the Fall 2017 Syllabus — Here

1.      Investigative Biology Laboratory Text – available at the Cornell Store. A new edition is published every semester. You will need the most recent edition to complete your assignments; the previous editions will not suffice.

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2.      Biology For a Changing World, 2nd edition (Shuster et al., 2014) – e-book access available online.  Sign up for the 21-day temporary access before you purchase the book. Do not purchase the hard copy!



OPTIONAL     Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences, 5th edition (McMillan, 2012). This is a very useful tool to support writing papers and developing posters. Highly recommended but not required. 👍

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 12.19.08 PM 3.      Poll Everywhere classroom response system – available online at Poll Everywhere. The course provides free access to students. No purchase necessary.
Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 12.19.23 PM 4.      “R” is a free statistical software that will be needed for data analysis and graphing throughout the semester.   Please download “R” from R Project and R Studio.

 5.       Canvas – we have switched over to Canvas instead of using Blackboard. You can log in to Canvas using your NetID by clicking this link:

Canvas Log In


Your dashboard should look like the one pictured to the left.


Assignment Due Dates:

Please consult pages 6-8 on your syllabus. If you have any questions regarding due dates after reading the syllabus, please email the course account at Thanks!


University Calendar Fall 2017: 

FALL 2017
Residence halls open Friday August 18
Instruction begins Tuesday August 22
Labor Day Holiday – no classes Monday September 4
Fall Break Begins Saturday October 7
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday October 9
Instruction Resumes (Fall) Wednesday October 11
Veterans Day Saturday November 11
Thanksgiving Recess Begins Wednesday November 22
Instruction Resumes (Fall) Monday November 27
Last Day of Classes (Fall) Friday December 1
Study Period (Fall) Saturday – Tuesday December 2 – 5
Scheduled Exams (Fall) Wednesday – Thursday December 6 – 14
January Graduation Recognition Saturday December 16




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