Biol 211G, Cellular and Organismal Biology (Sec. M01)
NMSU Biology Department, Spring 2016
M01: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:20-11:35 pm, Hardman Jacobs Learning Center Rm. 228

Dr. Charles Shuster
Office: Foster Hall Rm. 463
Phone: 646-1325 (this is not the best way to reach me. I will receive and respond to e-mails far faster)
e-mail: [email protected] [Note: this is NOT Canvas messaging! I will NOT respond to any messages that you send through Canvas. Please e-mail me using e.g. your NMSU mail; your G-mail; Outlook or the like]

Dr. Shuster’s Help Desk & Office Hours
I will be available at the Bio Help Desk (Biology Success Center, Foster Rm. 204) or my office (Foster Hall Rm. 359) at the following times in order to answer any questions that you have, to review your study guides or exam answer keys and help make sure you truly understand the course material. There may be occasional days on which I will be stuck with an unavoidable conflict with my help desk or office hours, and I will send out an announcement on Canvas.
• Mondays 11:00-12:00 (Help Desk)
• Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 (Office; Rm. 463 Foster Hall)
• Wednesdays 11:00-12:00 (Help Desk)
• Thursdays 1:00-2:00 (Office; Rm. 463 Foster Hall)

Course Website:
NMSU Canvas (
Canvas is the NMSU course management tool, and all announcements and grades will be kept here.

Bio Help Desk
The BioCats will run a Bio Help Desk in the Biology Success Center, Foster Hall Rm. 204. You can (and SHOULD) go to the Bio Help Desk to go over your study guides, practice additional activities/problems to test your understanding, and pick up your exams and graded in-class activities. The Bio Help Desk hours are TBA, keep an eye on Canvas for the Bio Help Desk Schedule.

Our textbook is “Campbell Biology in Focus” (Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, Jackson and Reece, 2nd Edition, published by Pearson) and is required, as is Pearson’s Mastering Biology. If you purchase your book at the NMSU Barnes and Noble bookstore, it comes with a Mastering Biology Access Code (for “Modified” Mastering). You can also purchase online access to the e-book at Mastering Biology (e.g. by purchasing an access card at the bookstore, or with a credit card when you register for Mastering Biology). You will need to use the access code to register for our Mastering Biology course. The link to do this is available in our Canvas course, and instructions are provided on the last page of this syllabus.

5 NMSU test score sheets/scantrons [available for purchase at the NMSU Barnes and Noble bookstore or free (one per day) from the ASNMSU office] and a No. 2 pencil are required for the exams. You will be asked to show a photo ID when you hand in your exam and test score sheet at each exam. Please use the full-page size blue and white test score sheet with 184 question lines (92 on each side) and which is labeled “New Mexico State University Test Score Sheet” on the top. Please plan ahead and have a scantron for each exam, I will NOT have extra scantrons available during exams.

An i>clicker Radio Frequency (RF) Student Response Pad (“clicker”) (available at the campus bookstore- see pictures below) (REQUIRED). EITHER version will work just fine (the original or the iClicker 2). You will need to register your i>clicker through our Canvas site, using the serial number of your clicker (its Remote ID). See instructions further down in the syllabus.

Biology 211 Lecture and Lab
If you are registered in the lecture (Biol 211G), you will earn a lecture grade for the 3-credit lecture course. The lab, Biol 211GL, is an independent course, for which you must register separately. Dr. Marion is the laboratory coordinator for Biol 211GL this semester. You can contact Dr. Marion by e-mail at [email protected]

Course Goals
The overall goals of this 3-credit lecture course are to
(i) help you acquire and retain relevant biological knowledge and information for your future coursework and careers,
(ii) have you apply this knowledge to solve problems using scientific approaches, and
(iii) foster a durable interest in the life sciences.
This course also satisfies the general education requirement for laboratory science, when taken in combination with the 1-credit laboratory section.

If you do not plan on continuing in the sciences, you may wish to consider taking Biol 101G (Human