Melanie Bird

The following information comes from the named instructor and should describe characteristics general to courses as taught by this instructor. Individual sections of specific courses will deviate from this description in some respects.

Class Format

Face-to-face sections : BIOL 135 and BIOL 230 are lecture-focused classes with PowerPoint slides. Some interactive case studies will also be included as time permits.

BIOL 231 is a hands-on laboratory class with instructor demonstrations and brief lectures.

Resource Use

Textbooks: Extensive use of textbook; some online resources will also be provided

Online homework: Homework assignments and research paper instructions will be posted online

Any material not covered in the textbook will be provided by the instructor. PowerPoint slides will not be handed out to students.


Multiple choice and short answer exams and pop quizzes are used for all classes. Additionally, lab practicals are given as part of the exams for BIOL 231.
BIOL 135 and BIOL 230 students are expected to turn in typed homework assignments and one research project. BIOL 231 students are expected to turn in two typed formal lab reports.

Homework Policy

Homework assignments for BIOL 135 and 230 consist of short research papers and/or problem sets. Instructions are posted online and students will have 1-2 weeks to complete. Approximately 4-5 homework assignments are given.

Lab reports from the lab manual will be turned in for credit in BIOL 231.

Late assignments will be accepted for partial credit by the next class period. Quizzes cannot be made up if late or absent.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all class meetings.  Attendance points will be given for BIOL 231. Attendance will not be taken in the lecture classes.

It is the student's responsibility to read the syllabus and schedule to catch up on missed material by reading the assigned chapters and obtaining notes from a classmate. 


Office hours are available by appointment. I am also available most days immediately before or after class for questions. Email is the best and fastest way to reach me.