Course Info

Thinking of taking BIOG 1500 this semester?

Who said you can’t try before you buy? Stop into one of our lab rooms and experience BIOG 1500 firsthand.  Grab your VR goggles, prep your algal solutions, and take a look from the point of view of our students.

For more information on Cornell University class enrollment, visit this website. 

Important Enrollment FAQ




Important Items You Need:

The texts and technologies required to succeed in this course:

Download the SPRING 2019 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 will be available for purchase online via the Course Blackboard site. For an access code, click on the Instant Access link on Blackboard.

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 Spring 2019:

Please note that for BIOG 1500, the first day of class is on Tuesday, January 22nd!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day / Holiday Monday January 21
Instruction begins Tuesday January 22
February Break begins Saturday February 23
Instruction Resumes Wednesday February 27
Spring Break begins Saturday March 30
Instruction Resumes Monday April 8
Last Day of Classes Tuesday May 7
Study Period Wednesday – Friday May 8 – 10
Scheduled Exams Saturday – Saturday May 11 – 18
Senior Days Sunday – Friday May 19 – 24



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