Summer Session I:

  • BIO 2597Z6: Beaver Island Bird Diversity During Migration (2 credits or non-credit workshop)
    May 17 - May 21, 2021
    Instructor: Dr. 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. 

    Prerequisite: 12 credit hours of Biology or permission of instructor.
  • Water Quality Chemistry for Education Workshop (non-credit workshop)
    June 23 - June 27, 2021
    Instructor: Dr. Dale LeCaptain

    Water quality measurements of various watershed types with best practices for educational instruction (focus grades 4-9) of water quality experiments. SCECH’s available

    Workshop Objectives:
    • Conduct research investigations and collect water quality measurements from various watershed sites
    • Critically analyze water quality data
    • Prepare classroom teaching modules on conducting water quality research activities for use with their students


Summer Session II:

  • BIO 213Z: Foundations of Ecology (4 credits)
    Dates: June 28 - July 16, 2021
    Instructor: Dr. Kevin Pangle

    Study the relationship between organisms and their environment.

    Prerequisite: Bio 112 with a C- or better.
  • BIO 213Z: Foundations of Ecology (4 credits)
    Dates: July 9 - August 5
    Instructor: Dr. Scott McNaught

    Study the relationship between organisms and their environment.

    Prerequisite: BIO 112 with a C- or better.
  • PHY 180Z: Introduction to Observational Astronomy (1 credit or non-credit workshop)
    Dates July 16 - July 19, 2021
    Instructor: Dr. 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.
  • BIO 100Z: Field Biology (3 credits)
    Dates: July 17 - July 28, 2021
    Instructor: Dr. 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.)
  • BIO 366Z: Freshwater Biology (3 credits)
    August 1 - August 13, 2021
    Instructor: TBD

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

    Prerequisite: Currently changing prerequisites, contact the Department of Biology for new prerequisites and/or to be added to this course.
  • BIO 597Z8: Stream Ecology (1 credit or non-credit workshop)
    August 2 - August 6, 2021
    Instructor: Dr. Mark Luttenton, GVSU

    Investigate 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. Interpret the effects of human activities on streams, rivers, and watersheds.

    Prerequisites: BIO 110, 111, or instructor permission
  • BIO 597ZB: Emerging Issues in Water Resources (1 credit or non-credit workshop)
    August 9 - August 12, 2021
    Instructor: Dr. AlanSteinman, GVSU

    The most pressing water resource-related issues facing the planet today will be discussed and analyzed. Particular emphasis will be placed on analyzing these problems from a variety of perspectives, including environmental, economic, societal, and political. Students will be presented with real-world problems and discuss solutions.

    Course Objectives:
    • Provide an overview of the emerging issues in water resources
    • Place the issues in a multidisciplinary perspective, providing a variety of viewpoints regarding the nature of these problems and possible solutions
    • discuss current literature regarding water resources

    Prerequisites: BIO 110, 111, or instructor permission