Department of Biology

441 Mark Jefferson
Science Complex
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
734.487.4242

Summer Field Classes 2020

Scholarship funds are available for these courses. For more information, please see our scholarship page. The first round of applications are due on January 31 and are accepted on a rolling basis after. It is best to apply early to ensure that funds are available. For questions about summer field classes, scholarships and/or assistance with registration, contact Dr. Marianne Laporte, biology department head. 

  • BIO 418/518 Plant Communities of Michigan

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    CRNs: 52371/52372 | Four credit hours

    Instructor: Dr. Gary Hannan

    Meets two Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Fish Lake and one Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Up North: May 28, 29, 30 and June 25, 26, 27 at Fish Lake; and June 11, 12, 13, and 14 Up North

    Analysis of the natural plant communities of Michigan, with an emphasis on physical conditions supporting communities, species composition and geographic distribution.

    BIO 418 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in BIO 310 Ecology

  • BIO 484/584 Herpetology

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    CRNs: 51551/51552 | Four credit hours

    Instructor: Dr. Katherine Greenwald

    Meets Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Fish Lake or Stone Lab: May 7, 8, 9 and June 4, 5, 6 at Fish Lake and May 21, 22, 23 at Stone Lab

    Taxonomy, distribution, life histories, behavior and ecology of amphibians and reptiles with an emphasis on local species.

    BIO 484 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in BIO 120/121 Introductory Biology II with lab or grade of C or better in BIO 140 Biology of Animals

  • BIO 485/585 Ornithology

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    CRNs: 52364/52365 | Four credit hours
    Instructor: Dr. Peter Bednekoff

    Meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at Fish Lake, May 4, 5, 6, 18.  19,20, and June 1, 2, 3

    A course in bird biology for the secondary teacher and students with advanced interest in biology. Field identification and census methods will be used to introduce the study of bird populations, behavior and ecology.

    BIO 485 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in BIO 120/121 Introductory Biology II with lab or grade of C or better in BIO 140 Biology of Animals

  • BIO 485/585 Entomology

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    CRNs: 52369/52370 | Four credit hours
    Instructor: Mike Kielb

    Meets Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Fish Lake, July 9-11, 16-18, and 23-25

    A survey of the world of insects, their structure, function, behavior, and ecology. The identification and classification of local insects will be stressed. A student field project will be required.

    BIO 485 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in BIO 310 Ecology or equivalent

  • BIO 488/588 Biology of Arachnids

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    CRNs: 52362/52363 | Four credit hours

    Instructor: Dr. Cara Shillington

    Meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Fish Lake: July 13-15 and 27-29, and August 3-5

    Lecture, lab and field course addressing principles of arachnid biology. Course covers morphology, physiology, behavior, natural history and ecology. Identification and classification of major arachnid families supported by collections and observations of organisms from southern Michigan. 

    BIO 488 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in BIO 120/121 Introductory Biology II with lab or grade of C or better in BIO 140 Biology of Animals

  • BIO 493/593 Special Topics: Methods in Ecology

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    CRNs: 52373/52374 | Four credit hours

    Instructor: Dr. Brian Connolly

    Meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at Fish Lake: June 22-24, June 29-July 1, and July 6-8

    Field course covering principles and select methods in terrestrial ecology, including – but not limited to – microclimate measurements, vegetation sampling, small mammal sampling, and animal behavioral assays. Methods in Ecology will consist of three distinct sections: 1) Tools and techniques for summarizing physical environments in habitats, 2) estimates of plant and animal abundance, and 3) estimates of animal behavior in the field. All coursework will be centered around addressing the question: “How do biological invasions influence our native environments?" This special topics class counts as a restricted elective toward the biology major and the environmental biology concentration of the environmental science and society major.

    BIO 493 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in BIO120/121 Introductory Biology II 

  • BIO 478/591 Dive In: Coastal Florida Experience

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    CRNs: 24927/24928 | Two credit hours

    Instructor: Dr. Cara Shillington

    Meets April 25-May 2 in Florida

    This class provides students with a field-based learning environment outside of Michigan. During this trip, we experience a variety of marine, shoreline and aquatic communities, and students will have opportunities to observe and identify local flora and fauna. Activities will include scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking.  Students will learn about marine, shoreline, and aquatic communities as well as the identification of local flora and fauna.  

    BIO 493 Prerequisite: BIO 433 Marine Biology(may be taken concurrently) with a "C" or better AND (PEGN 348 (may be taken concurrently) with a "C" or better or SCUBA certification)

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