Summer Session I:
  • BIO 597z1: Beaver Island Bird Diversity During Migration (2 credits or non-credit workshop)
    May 18 - May 22, 2020
    Instructors: 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.

    Prerequisites: 12 credit hours of Biology or permission of instructor.
  • CHM 211z: Quantitative Analysis (4 credits)
    May 18 - July 10 online, Lab at CMUBS June 8 - 19, 2020
    Instructor: Dr. Dale LeCaptain

    Field experience emphasizing environmental analytical chemistry at CMUBS Analysis and interpretation of quantitative chemical information from volumetric, electrochemical, spectroscopic, and chromatographic techniques.

    Prerequisite: CHM 132 Recommended MTH 107.

Summer Session II:

  • BIO 213z: Foundations of Ecology
    June 22 - July 10, 2020
    Instructor: Dr. Kevin Pangle

    Study of the relationship between organisms and their environment.

    Prerequisites: BIO 112 with C- or better.
  • BIO 366z: Freshwater Biology (3 credits)
    June 29 - July 10, 2020
    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.
  • PHY 180z: Introduction to Observational Astronomy (1 credit or non-credit workshop)
    July 10 - July 13, 2020
    Instructor: 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 part of this class.
  • BIO 100z: Field Biology (3 credits)
    July 11 - 22, 2020
    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 213z: Foundations of Ecology (4 credits)
    July 20 - August 6, 2020
    Instructor: Dr. Scott McNaught

    Study of the relationship between organisms and their environment.

    Prerequisite: BIO 112 with C- or better
  • BIO 597z2 Stream Ecology (1 credit or non-credit workshop)
    July 30 - August 2, 2020
    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.

    Prerequisite: BIO 110, 111 or instructor permission.
  • BIO 597z3 Emerging Issues in Water Resources (1 credit or non-credit workshop)
    August 3 - August 6, 2020
    Instructor: Dr. Alan Steinman, 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


    Prerequisite: BIO 110, 111 or instructor permission.
  • Water Quality Chemistry for Education Workshop (non-credit workshop)
    August 7 - August 10, 2020
    Instructor: Gabrielle Likavec

    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