Department of Biology

441 Mark Jefferson
Science Complex
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
734.487.4242

Summer Field Classes

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. Anne Casper, biology department head. 

  • BIO 418/518 Plant Communities of Michigan

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    CRNs: TBA | Four credit hours

    Instructor: TBA 

    Summer 2022: Meets three Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Fish Lake: June 16, 17 18 and June 30, July 1, 2 and July 14, 15, 16

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

    Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in BIO 310 Ecology

     

  • BIO 484/584 Herpetology

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    CRNs: 50579/50580 | Four credit hours

    Instructor: Dr. Katherine Greenwald

    Summer 2022: Meets three Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Fish Lake or Stone Lab: May 12, 13, 14 at Fish Lake and May 19, 20, 21 at Stone Lab and June 2, 3, 4 at Fish Lake.

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

    Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in BIO 120/121 Introductory Biology II, or grade of C or better in BIO 140 Biology of Animals

  • BIO 485/585 Ornithology

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    CRNs: TBA | Four credit hours
    Instructor: Dr. Peter Bednekoff

    Summer 2022 meets as follows:

    Mondays, Wednesdays May 9-18 on EMU main campus, and

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday May 23, 24, 25 at Fish Lake, and

    Mondays, Wednesdays June 1-8 on EMU main campus,

    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.

    Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in BIO 120/121 Introductory Biology II or grade of C or better in BIO 140 Biology of Animals

  • BIO 485/585 Entomology

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    CRNs: TBA | Four credit hours
    Instructor: TBA

    Summer 2022: Meets three Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays at Fish Lake as follows: June 23, 24, 25 and July 7, 8, 9 and July 21, 22, 23.

    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.

    Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in BIO 310 Ecology

  • BIO 488/588 Biology of Arachnids

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    CRNs: TBA | Four credit hours

    Instructor: Dr. Cara Shillington

    Summer 2022: Meets three Thursday, Friday, Saturdays as follows at Fish Lake as follows: July 7, 8, 9 and July 21, 22, 23 and August 4, 5, 6.

    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. 

    Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in BIO 120/121 Introductory Biology II or grade of C or better in BIO 140 Biology of Animals

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