W F 100 Lecture
Plus extra field trips to various locations and time
Introduction to vertebrate field studies, involving data recording and collection/preservation of study specimens. Emphasis on non-game species. Field trips required.
Herpetology is a primarily a field course presented as two 50-minute lecture per week and a four hour lab. As most animals are not always present during our scheduled lab time, there will be additional requirements to meet outside typical class hours. I realize that students have busy schedules, family responsibilities and other obligations. I do not expect 100% participation in every outside excursion. I will offer enough events so that everyone has the opportunity to learn the techniques. Some of these projects will be done throughout the semester. The designated lab period will occasionally be used as a lecture period
Grading scale: Students must demonstrate a mastery of at least 60% of the material presented to pass the course as evidenced by their grades on the exams and graded assignments. The scale used to assign the letter grades will be as follows:
below 60% F
Students should attend every lecture and lab. It will be very difficult to pass this class without participating in both series. I will announce which chapters we will cover for the following week. I will not necessarily follow the order of the book. Additionally, I will announce tests dates in class once I feel I have covered enough material. It is the practice of MSU to allow students to participate in university-sponsored events, even when those events cause them to be absent from class. Students participating in university-sponsored events will be given reasonable opportunities to make up missed assignments and exams. It is up to the student to notify the professor that they will miss an assignment due to a sponsored event BEFORE the event occurs.