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Liven up your elementary or high school classroom at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island.

  • Learn field techniques to introduce in the classroom
  • Small class size and interaction with faculty
  • Classes take place in the state-of-the-art James C. Gillingham Academic Center

Courses for Teachers

All CMUBS courses are open to teachers. All courses are tentative until finalized by the Registrar.

Summer Session 1 – May 19 through June 6, 2014

General Botany – BIO 203Z
(3 credits)
Study the structure, function, physiology, evolution, diversity, and ecology of plants.
Prerequisite: BIO 110 

General Zoology – BIO 218Z
(3 credits)
A general survey of the animal kingdom with emphasis on phylogeny, taxonomy, structure, physiology, and ecology of the major phyla.

Prerequisite: BIO 110
Ecology – BIO 340Z
(3 credits)

Study of the relationships between organisms and their environment. 

Prerequisite: BIO 110
Recommended: BIO 203 or BIO 218

Summer Session 1 – June 16 through June 26, 2014

Quantitative Analysis – CHM 211/211Z
(4 credits)
Analysis and interpretation of quantitative chemical information from volumetric, electrochemical, spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques.

Students have the option of attending lecture on-campus from May 29-June 13 OR online from May 5-June 13. Both sections will then meet for a field experience at CMUBS on Beaver Island from June 16-June 26.
Prerequisite: CHM 132 or CHM 161
Recommended: MTH 107

Summer Session 2 - June 30 through July 11, 2014

Animal Behavior - BIO 518Z
(3 credits)
Behavior in invertebrate and vertebrate organisms related to genetics, morphology and the ecology of animal populations on Beaver Island.

Prerequisites: BIO 218 or graduate standing

Entomology - BIO 305Z
(3 credits)
Structure, function and control of insects. Identification to the family level. Insect collection required.

Summer Session 2 – June 30 through July 18, 2014

Biostatistics – BIO 500Z
(3 credits)
Basic concepts in statistical analysis of experimental data that is typical in biological research. Statistical computer program use included. Collection and analysis of data from the Beaver Island ecosystem expected.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or 12 hours of biology
Recommended: MTH 130

Summer Session 2 – July 14 through July 25, 2014

Freshwater Algae – BIO 523Z
(3 credits)
This course will examine the taxonomy and ecology of freshwater algae in the Great Lakes region.
Recommended: BIO 110, CHM 132, BIO 340 or consent of the instructor

Summer Session 2 – July 14 through July 25, 2014

Introduction to Field Biology – BIO 100Z
(3 credits)
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.

Summer Session 2 – July 21 through July 25, 2014 (at CMUBS)

Ecology and Taxonomy of Great Lakes Mollusks – BIO 597Z2
(2 credits)
This course will examine the taxonomy and ecology of freshwater mollusks in the Great Lakes region. It will take an ecosystem-level approach towards describing the mollusk diversity characteristic of numerous habitats in and around the rivers and streams of the lower peninsula of Michigan (week 1) and in the lakes and wetlands of the Beaver Island archipelago (week 2).

Recommended: BIO 218 (General Zoology), BIO 340 (Ecology) or consent of the instructor

Summer Session 2 – July 28 through August 9, 2014

Vascular Aquatic Plants – BIO 597Z3
(1 credit)
Survey of the hydrophytic (aquatic) summer ferns and flowering plants of northern Michigan with particular reference to the local flora.

Prerequisite: BIO 203


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