Courses at Kettering University

General Biology

Course Objectives - Biology is the science of life. The study of plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and other organisms, their cellular and chemical processes, and the interactions between and among various organisms are part of this area of science. Through this course, you will gain a greater understanding of the natural world and the organisms that inhabit it. Syllabus


Course Objectives - Ecology is the study of the Earth and the various processes that influence the function of the planet. This course will provide you with a framework in which to view the world, not just from an aesthetic point-of-view but also from one that is scientific, curious and critical. In class, we will discuss multiple aspects of ecology, and we will visit various types of ecosystems to understand the diversity that exists in Michigan. Through both of these experiences, you have the opportunity to gain an appreciation for the natural world, its importance, its complexity, and the interactions that humans have with the planet. Syllabus 

During 2016, I updated the Ecology course at Kettering to focus more on analyzing ecological data to understand approaches ecologists take to investigate the impacts of disturbance on ecosystems and their organisms.  If you would like to learn more on the redesigned course, visit this page.  Syllabus from redesigned course

Human Biology

Course Objectives - Given that we are humans, understanding how we function, from the cellular and molecular level to the organ systems and organism level, is quite useful.  Additionally, we will focus on the relationship between human biology and that of other animals to better grasp the variation of particular biological processes.  Through this course, you will gain a greater understanding of human biology, including molecular functions, physiology, and current issues in biology. Syllabus 

Biological Techniques II

Course Objectives - Experimental design and the scientific method are necessary skills for biologists.  A myriad of manners exist in which to design and execute experiments, interpret the results, and prepare manuscripts.  Trying to determine the most appropriate ways to undertake all of these aspects of the scientific manner can be dizzying, especially as the amount of methodology, data, and knowledge increases rapidly.  Understand the ways in which to critically address science and biology will allow you to come a competent researcher, and this course will help you do so. Syllabus

Courses at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU)

Principles of Biology II/General Botany

Course Objectives - Plants permeate every aspect of our life, from the food we eat, to the materials with which we construct our homes, to the medicines we take when we are ill.  Through this course, you will be exposed to various aspects of plants, botany, and biology, such as plant form and function, plant reproduction, plant diversity, economic botany, and other aspects of biology specific to plants.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to think critically, write, and present on certain aspects of botany.

According to Socrates, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”  By gathering and discussing botanical and biological knowledge throughout this course, you will have the opportunity to stoke your intellectual flame.  If you do so, your flame will burn brighter, and your ability to create, analyze, and synthesize information will grow.  If not, the kindling will sit idle, not helping build the fire of your botanical and biological intellect. Syllabus