BIOLOGY 213 - Diversity and Ecology

Spring 2005

Instructor: Dr. Jasper                                                                   Lecture: Mon and Wed 10-11 in PAI 3.02
Office: Patterson Labs 549; Phone: 512-471-2397
Office hours: Mon 12:00 - 1:30 and Wed 12:00 -1:00, or by appointment.
The best way to reach me is by e-mail: Please include a subject like "student" or "Bio 213".

Teaching Assistant: Hayley Gillespie
E-mail address: Office: BIO 216
Office hours: Tues 2:15 - 3:15, or by appointment. Phone: 512-232-1850

Discussion sections:

Unique number


Bldg. & Room


Mon 12-1

RLM 6.118


Wed 12-1

ESB 137


Thur 12:30 - 1:30



Mon 1-2

NOA 1.110


Thur 2:30 - 3:30

WEL 1.316

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the origin of life, diversity of organisms, species interactions, organization and processes of communities and ecosystems, population growth and limitations, and human impact on the environment. Only one of the following may be counted: Biology 301M, 304, 213. Prerequisites: Bio 211 and 212 with at least a grade of C.

TEXTBOOK: Biology, 6th edition, 2002, by Campbell, Reece and Mitchell.

GRADING: 3 lecture exams (100 pts. each), one final exam (150 points) and 50 points possible from discussion section activities (Possible total = 500 points). There are no extra credit points. Lecture exams: Will be mostly objective, with some short answer or essay. Each exam will only cover material since the previous exam. Be prepared to stay for the entire exam. No restroom/water/etc. breaks will be permitted during exams. The final exam will be comprehensive and objective (multiple choice and matching), though with an emphasis on the material since the last exam. Grading scale: 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, below 60 = F. You must have your student ID with you at exam time for every exam. Cell phones seen or heard during exams will be confiscated.

Challenges to exam questions or regrading requests must be submitted within one week from the time the graded test is returned to the class. Missed exams may only be made-up if you have a written doctor's excuse, a family emergency verified by the university, or a religious holiday. According to university regulations, you must inform me 14 days in advance of missing an exam due to a religious holiday. If you know in advance that you must miss an exam due to a school event, let me know as soon as possible. If you become ill, e-mail me as soon as possible. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT CLASS PERIOD.

If you miss lecture, it is your responsibility to get the notes from a classmate. The notes I provide are just outlines. If you miss your assigned discussion section, you can attend one of the others that week. Please see or e-mail Hayley or me with any problems you may have as soon as the problem arises. Open lines of communication are essential, but turn cell phones OFF during class! This class is conducted under the honor system of the university. This means that all work will be original (not copied) on exams and activities in both lecture and discussion section. Students failing to adhere to this code will be subject to the punishment dictated by your instructors and/or the university.

Important dates: Feb 14 - Last day to drop without academic penalty. Mar 28 - Last day to drop with Dean's approval for academic reasons.