Course Info

Spring 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 SPRING 2017 Syllabus PDF


1.      Investigative Biology Laboratory Text – available at the Cornell Store. A new edition is published every semester.
Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 12.18.51 PM 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!
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.
 Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 12.18.59 PM 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. 👍


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 Spring 2017: 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day / Holiday Monday January 16
January Orientation Begins Friday January 20
Instruction Begins (Spring) Wednesday January 25
February Break Begins, 1:10 pm Saturday February 18
Instruction Resumes (Spring) Wednesday February 22
Spring Break Begins Saturday April 1
Instruction Resumes (Spring) Monday April 10
Last Day of Classes (Spring) Wednesday May 10
Study Period (Spring) Thursday – Sunday May 11 – 14
Scheduled Exams (Spring) Monday – Thursday May 15 – 18
Study Day (Spring) Friday May 19
Scheduled Exams (Spring) Saturday – Tuesday May 20 – 23
Commencement Sunday May 28


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