Course Info


Fall 2018 FAQ


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)

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Important Enrollment FAQ



Important Items You Need:

The texts and technologies required to succeed in this course:

Download the FALL 2018 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. You will use the Desktop version.
 5.       BlackBoard & Duo Mobile – You can log in to BlackBoard using your NetID. You may need to download the Duo Mobile App to authenticate your login. The app is free and compatible on most devices.


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 2018:

Please note that for BIOG 1500, the first day of class is on Tuesday, August 28th!

Residence halls open Friday August 17
Instruction begins Thursday August 23
Labor Day Holiday – no classes Monday September 3
Fall Break begins Saturday October 6
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday October 8
Instruction Resumes Wednesday October 10
Veterans Day Sunday November 11
Thanksgiving break begins Wednesday November 21
Instruction Resumes Monday November 26
Last Day of Classes Tuesday December 4
Study Period Wednesday – Friday December 5 – 7
Scheduled Exams Saturday – Saturday December 8 – 15
Recognition Event for December Graduates Saturday December 15
December degree date Monday December 31



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