Evolution & Ecology
Biology 3133
Instructor: C. Ray Chandler

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The textbook for this course is Biology, 7th ed. by Campbell and Reece. This is the same text used for Cellular Biology (Biology 2131) and Biology of Organisms (Biology 3132). Readings assignments from this text are given in the course schedule and the lecture outline, and I will reference tables and figures during lecture. If you have the 6th edition, you may use it as well.

An online companion to this text is available to students at:


My office is MPCS 2043B (go in the main entance to MPCS and turn right). I have no formal office hours. Instead, I have an open-door policy. Students are welcome to stop by at their convenience or see me to arrange an appointment. If you are unable to reach me you may leave a message in the Biology Department office (681-5487). You may also reach me using e-mail. Don't hesitate to see me if you need help. I am happy to have you visit me in my office.


Attendance in this course is your responsibility and entirely at your discretion. However, failure to attend class regularly will result in a poorer grade. Based on my experience in previous courses, there is a close relationship between missed lectures and poor grades. There will also be 10 unannounced 5-point quizzes during the course of the semester. You will not be permitted to make up any missed assignments or quizzes if you miss class. I will not provide you with notes or handouts if you miss class. The only exception is excused absences from the university (e.g., travel with a university team or group) or documented medical problems. I will require written documentation to make up any missed work.


My lecture notes are not available on the web, and I will not provide copies of them to individual students. However, the course web site does contain a detailed lecture outline. This outline corresponds exactly to the outline that I will follow in lecture, it indicates what pages you should be reading and what figures you should be consulting in the text, and it provides brief synopses of each lecture topic. The course web site also provides links to other sites that might be helpful during the course.


There will be three lecture exams and a comprehensive final exam. The lecture exams are worth 100 points and the final is worth 150 points (450 points total). I will also give 10 unannounced 5-point quizzes (50 points total). Thus, there are 500 possible points in this course. Your final grade will be based on the percentage of these points that you earn (A = 450-500, B = 400-449, etc.). There is no extra credit. Do not ask me to calculate your grade during the semester.

All exams and quizzes will be multiple choice. Exams begin and end promptly. You will not have extra time, even if you arrive late to class (you will not be admitted to the room if anyone has already finished the exam). Bring a form 2052 or 20052 scantron, two No. 2 pencils, and your student ID to all exams. Quizzes will also require you to have a form 2052 or 20052 scantron. Thus, never come to class without a scantron. Exams will be given only at the scheduled time; there are no make up exams. If you have a legitimate excuse for being unable to take an exam at the scheduled time, you must make arrangements with me prior to the scheduled exam date.

During exams you may have a pencil, scantron, and calulator. No cell phones are other electronic devices are permitted during an exam.


You will perform best in this class if you (1) attend class, (2) sit down front and pay attention, and (3) review your notes before each lecture. Ask questions in class when something is not clear to you. As you study, be sure to use your lecture outline to organize concepts, and make sure you know the terminology. Emphasize the notes during your studying. The textbook is best used as a study guide (excellent tables and figures) and as a tool for assessing what you know (if you can read and understand the textbook, your notes are doing their job). There are web sites that can help you take notes and study effectively.


All work in this class is expected to be your own. If you violate GSU policies concerning academic dishonesty (see the Student Conduct Code for a definition of academic dishonesty) the minimum penalty will be a zero on the assignment in question, and the incident will be reported to the administration (it will go on your permanent record).

The Student Conduct Code also requires you to conduct yourself in a non-disruptive manner (turn off cell phones, no talking, be respectful of classmates). Disruptive students will be removed from the lecture hall and, if disruptions continue in future classes, will be removed from the course.

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