BIOL 2306 Environmental Biology
Ms. Jennifer Jeffery
Phone: 979-532-6934 or 1-800-561-9252 ext. 6934
Office location & hours: Science Bldg #S-117 at Main Campus
Mon: 11:00-12:00 Tues: 1:30-2:30
Thurs: 9:15-12:15 Fri: 9:00-12:00 & after 1:00 by appt
Text: Withgott & Brennan: Essential Environment, 3rd ed., Benjamin Cummings Publication, 2009.
Scantrons (4) – Form # 882
Goals of the Course
This course is designed to cover the basic foundations in Environmental Biology. By the end of the
course, students should:
1. Understand how living systems function and their importance.
2. Understand how the human population impacts living systems.
3. Understand the concept of biodiversity and demonstrate how it is measured.
4. Understand the factors that influence populations and demonstrate how populations are measured.
5. Be able to think critically with regards to environmental problems.
6. Should be able to communicate, both written and verbally, information regarding environmental issues.
7. Understand the history of the environmental movement in the United States.
8. Understand the importance of preventing pollution.
Students are expected to promptly attend all lectures. Attendance will be taken daily with students signing a roll
sheet. It is each student’s responsibility to sign the roll sheet - failure to do so will be interpreted as an absence
for that day. Students are held responsible for all material missed. After the sixth absence, the student may be
reported to the registrar with the recommendation of being dropped from the course. If you stop attending
class, it is your responsibility to officially drop the course, otherwise you will receive an “F” for the course.
Grading policy: Grade Assignments:
Lecture average (avg of three exams) = 50% A 100-90
Case Study Analyses (6 minimum; incl field trips) = 30% B 89 - 80
Comprehensive Final Exam = 20% C 79 - 70
Total = 100% D 69 - 60
F Below 60
Note: In order to protect student privacy, grades will not be given out by phone or email.
Bonus: Any student with three or fewer lecture absences will receive 2 points added to final total.
Texas Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup April 24, 2009 9:00-12:00
(5 pts to a test; must bring back official documentation!) http://www.glo.state.tx.us/adopt-a-beach/
Last day to drop with a “W” is Friday, April 16th, 2010.
Lecture exams (50%) There will be three lecture exams during the semester, with each having
approximately 70 questions (multiple choice, true/false and matching). All covered information is fair game
for the exam: textbook chapters, case study readings, video presentations and/or field trips. Students WILL
NOT be admitted to an exam after the first person has finished and left the room. If an exam is missed for
any reason, a grade of “0” will be recorded for that exam. To change this grade, the student may make-up
the exam in one of the following manners: 1) If the student notified the instructor on/prior to the date of the
absence and/or can provide evidence of illness, emergency, etc, the student will be allowed to complete the
exam immediately, or 2) Students with any other excuse will be allowed to use the grade earned on the
comprehensive final exam to replace the "0" assigned to one missed exam. A grade of "0" will be recorded
for any additional missed exams. Test Reviews and supplementary materials will be available online.
Final exam (20%) The final exam will follow a format similar to that of the lecture exams. The
comprehensive exam will consist of 100 questions. A student who misses a final exam may receive an
"Incomplete" at the instructor's discretion. It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor to make
up the exam. An "I" automatically converts to an "F" by mid-semester of the following term.
Case Study Analyses (30%) To supplement lecture topics and to encourage class discussion of
environmental topics, a minimum of six case studies (from the textbook, paperbacks or internet) will be
assigned throughout the semester. Students should read these studies, answer the assigned questions and be
prepared to participate in a class discussion of the reading. See following page for details and schedule.
Field Trips Participation on class field trips is a course requirement. In the event of a field trip, however, a
case study analysis will not be assigned and the points will be earned by the student's attendance on the field
trip. A participating student will earn full credit (10 pts) for attending the field trip, whereas a student failing
to participate will forfeit these points and receive a '0'. At the instructor's discretion, a student may be
assigned an alternate assignment if unable to attend the field trip.
Student Conduct & Responsibilities
Students are expected to follow the regulations set forth in the student handbook:
Cheating & plagiarism will not be tolerated. A zero will be given for the exam/assignment and
possible expulsion from school could result.
Cell Phones: Please turn your cell phone off at the beginning of class. If a cell phone rings or
is used during an exam, you may be asked to turn in your exam and leave the room. Also,
any student “texting” during class may be asked to leave.
If a student misses class, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain all information presented in class (lecture
notes, date changes, handouts). It is advised that students have a way to contact at least two classmates.
Reference the Student Handbook for additional information regarding student code of conduct,
consequences and appeals (http://www.wcjc.edu/about_n/WCJCStudentHandbook.pdf)
Suggestions for Succeeding in this Course
Use your textbook and the technological resources available with it!!!
Stay mentally involved in lecture. Think about what is being said; avoid robotic note-taking.
Devote at least 15 minutes a day for reviewing all class material.
Laptops and the recording of lectures is allowed!
Rewrite/retype your lecture notes! Make sure they are complete, well organized and legible.
Take advantage of the instructor’s office hours. Don't hesitate to ask questions!
Keep up with class deadlines - don't procrastinate! Give yourself adequate time to complete assignments.
**Students must take both the Environmental Biology lecture & lab (Biology 2306 & 2106) in order to
satisfy one of the WCJC core science requirements for an AA degree.
**Students should check with the university they intend to transfer to determine transferability of this course.
This course is not for majors credit.
Details on Case Study Analyses
A minimum of six case studies (from the textbook, paperbacks or internet) will be assigned to supplement
the subject material covered during lecture. Students should read the article, answer the assigned questions
and be prepared to participate in a class discussion of the case study.
Note: The questions assigned will not typically be of a 'right or wrong' format. Rather, questions are
designed to encourage critical thinking of environmental issues. Inclusion of your opinions is required with
justification as to why you feel the way you do.
Grading Policy: Six case studies @ 10 points each:
SPECIAL NOTE: Quality work is expected for the case studies. Poorly written case studies (incorrect
grammar, lack of thought, incomplete) WILL NOT be accepted and will result in a grade of "0". Students
will not have the opportunity to resubmit.
4 pts Completeness; typed & of reasonable length (minimum: ½ page single spaced or 1 page double spaced)
4 pts Critical thinking - answers must be honest, thoughtful and well-organized. Justify your opinions!
2 pts Participation in class discussion (quality not quantity!)
In the Event of an Absence:
The student must notify and discuss the reason for the absence with the instructor prior to class. At the
instructor's discretion, the student may by allowed to turn in the case study assignment late and only forfeit
the participation points.
Students who attend the class discussion but do not submit a completed case study during class time WILL
NOT be allowed to submit one at a later date. You must remember to bring your assignments on the due
Topic Due Date
Case Study #1 Easter Island's End Thurs, Jan 28
Case Study #2 The Sixth Mass Extinction Thurs, Feb 25
Case Study #3 Environmental Health Thurs, March 4
Case Study #4 Human Population Tues, March 30
Case Study #5 Global Climate Change Thurs, April 22
Case Study #6 Sustainable Solutions Thurs, April 29
Biology 2306: Environmental Biology
Lecture Outline for Spring 2010
Week of Chapter Assignment Due
Jan 18 Introduction to Environmental Science (Ch 1)
Jan 25 Overview of Environmental Policy (Ch 2) Case study #1 - Thurs 1/28
Feb 1 Environmental Systems (Ch 3)
Feb 8 Evolution & Population Ecology (Ch 4)
Feb 15 EXAM #1; Species Interactions & Community Ecology (Ch 5)
Feb 22 Biodiversity & Conservation Biology (Ch 8) Case Study #2 - Thurs 2/25
Mar 1 Human Population (Ch 6) Case Study #3 – Thurs 3/4
Mar 8 Agriculture & the Future of Food (Ch 7)
Mar 15 *****************SPRING BREAK******************* *********************
Mar 22 EXAM #2; Environmental Health & Toxicology (Ch 10)
Mar 29 Environmental Health continued….. & Easter Holiday Case Study #4 – Tues 3/30
April 5 Freshwater & Marine Systems (Ch 12)
April 12 Air Pollution (Ch 13)
April 19 Global Climate Change (Ch 14) Case Study #5 - Thurs 4/22
April 26 EXAM #3; Waste Management (Ch 17) Case Study #6 - Thur 4/29
May 3 Nonrenewable & (Ch 15) Renewable Energy Alternatives (Ch 16)
* Class Field Trip: To be announced.
FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE
TTR 12:15 class: Thursday, May 13 12:30-2:30
***Please note: This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.
Friday, March 5 No Classes! TCCTA Meeting for Faculty
March 12 Mid-Semester
March 15-19 Spring Break
Friday, March 26 No Classes! UIL Day
April 1-4 Easter Holidays
Thursday, April 1 Last day to submit application for May graduation
Friday, April 16 Last day for dropping courses with grade of “W”
May 12-18 Final Exams
Any student with a disability or other special circumstance requiring academic accommodations or other consideration in order
to successfully complete the requirements of this course should identify himself or herself individually to the instructor to discuss
the matter in a private and confidential manner.