Summer Classes

Below is the tentative 2023 summer class schedule for the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island. Please email cmubs@cmich.edu for more information.


Summer Session I

May 15-19

BIO516z Avian Field Experience (2 credits or non-credit workshop) Nancy Seefelt

An investigation of bird diversity during spring migration on Beaver Island using field observation, field techniques, and museum specimens.  Course includes experience in mist-netting and bird banding.  Participants must be able to hike outdoors. Binoculars required and supplied by participants

Prerequisites: 12 credit hours of Biology or permission of instructor

June 12-16

BIO597Z Michigan’s Amphibians and Reptiles: A Field-based Experience (2 credits or non-credit workshop) John W. Rowe Alma College

An Investigation of the natural history and biodiversity of Michigan amphibians and reptiles. Herpetofauna of Miller’s Marsh, field techniques in natural history, basic taxonomy and field identification, and short-term research projects will be emphasized. Handling of animals, and field identification of species will be of central focus throughout the experience.

Prerequisites: 12 credit hours of Biology or permission of instructor

Dates at CMUBS

June 12-23

CHM 211Z Quantitative Analysis (4 credits) Dale Lecaptain

  • Lecture on On-line May 22 – June 9 and June 12 to June 23
  • Field experience emphasizing environmental analytical chemistry at CMUBS June 12th – June 23

Analysis and interpretation of quantitative chemical information from volumetric, electrochemical, spectroscopic, and chromatographic techniques

Prerequisite: CHM 132 Recommended MTH 107

June 19-25

BIO597ZD Aquatic Entomology  (2 credits or non-credit workshop) Richard Merritt and Martin Berg

An intense course on the biology, ecology and systematics of aquatic insects that live in streams, lakes and wetlands. Lectures will focus on the biology, behavior, and ecology of aquatic insects and lab work will cover the morphology and identification of aquatic insects. Emphasis is on field and laboratory work on identifying major groups of aquatic insects.

Prerequisites: 12 credit hours of Biology or permission of instructor

Summer Session II

June 26 - July 14

BIO 213Z Foundations of Ecology (4 credits) Kevin Pangle

Study of the relationship between organisms and their environment.

Prerequisite: BIO 112 with C- or better

June 27-30

BIO 597Z Stream Ecology: Theory and Application (1 credit or non-credit workshop) Gary Lamberti

Examine the physical, chemical, and biological organization of stream and river ecosystems along with their riparian zones and watersheds.  Critically evaluate recent conceptual developments in stream ecology. Provide a background for interpreting the effects of human activities on streams, rivers, and watersheds.

Prerequisites: 12 credit hours of Biology or permission of instructor

July 16-23

BIO 100Z Field Biology (3 credits) Brad Swanson

Introduction to the techniques and methods for field studies in biology.  Sampling procedures, interpretation and data analysis emphasize basic ecological relationships between organisms and their environments.  (Open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors for college credit.) 

TBD (4 days, July 11-16 or July 17-23)

PHYS180z Introduction to Observational Astronomy (1 credit or non-credit workshop) Aaron LaCluyze

An introduction to astronomical topics that may be of interest to amateur astronomers. Topics may include: coordinate systems, telescope designs, stellar characteristics, lunar phases, seasonal sky variations, and solar activity. Weather permitting, nighttime observing will be done as a part of this class.

July 23 - Aug. 4

BIO 366z Freshwater Biology (3 credits) TBD

An introduction to the ecology of freshwater systems with an emphasis on the natural history,                                         identification, and collection of freshwater organisms.

Prerequisite:  BIO 212, 213 both with a C- or better or permission from instructor