Teaching and Coursework
Biology is the second course in the introductory series. This course takes an evolutionary approach to the major physiologic systems found in the various animal taxa. Students will follow the development of the major organ systems from single celled organisms through the vertebrates. Lab includes numerous dissections.
A detailed look at the evolution, physiology, taxonomy, morphology, ecology, and diversity of the mammals. This course includes a lab where students will learn to identify all the mammals of Nebraska to Genus species as well as all major mammals of North America. The course includes several weekend field trips that are mandatory.
Biology of the Vertebrates:
A detailed look at the evolution, physiology, taxonomy, morphology, ecology, and diversity of the vertebrates. This course includes a lab where students will perform detailed dissections for comparative morphology and physiology. The course includes several weekend field trips where students will learn methods for surveying and capturing vertebrate taxa. Field trips are mandatory.
This course will cover the physical and biological parameters of the marine enviroment. As Nebraska is the state farthest from any ocean, this course will consist primarily of theoretical work. However, this course will include laboratory work that will include dissection, microscopy, and a trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium. In addition, there will be a mandatory week-long trip to the Gulf Coast of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.