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First Exam Scores

First Scores

There are no labs next week, and no lecture on Mon or Tue due to the national holiday and scheduling. We do have lecture the rest of the week.

The gradebook has been updated. Homework through chapters 3 and the first 3 days of iClickers are included.

Exam 1

High score

Median score


For my laboratory sections:

When we return to lab you will need to provide a minimum of three sources for the review paper you are working on this semester.

This is probably the most important part of the entire process. Spend time finding good sources, and don't just set them aside and assume you'll read them later. Make sure they will be worthwhile now.

I do not want the actual papers. I want you to provide me the citations of your sources in APA format. Something similar to the example to the right:



Third Week Finished

The lecture notes for this week are uploaded in the notes section of the website.

We have our first exam on Wed/Thu of next week. It will cover chapters 22, 2-4, and likely a little of chapter 5 (not all of it). You will need to bring a pencil.

Something for iClickers Next Week

Before class next week:

  • Investigate the meaning of vitalism with respect to chemistry.

  • How are some aspects of vitalism still in practice today?


Second Week Finished

The second week is over. The lecture notes for this week are uploaded in the notes section of the website.

  • On Sunday the first homework assignments are due. As discussed at length this past week, the homework is performed on the ‘Mylab and Mastering’ site that is accessed through the Canvas shell for your BIOL 196 lecture. Be sure to register by this weekend (instructions). There is also a 14-day free trial.

  • Next week the labs begin. Be sure to visit the laboratory page to print out the first exercise to bring with you to lab. You will need it.

  • We registered the iClickers this week. Not every week, but do check this site on Sundays to see if there is an assignment for iClickers that will usually be at the beginning of class.

If you know that your iClicker didn't register properly, can you please send me an email with your name, the class you are in, and the number on the back of your iClicker.

The number is below the bar code - see the image below.

For iClickers Next Week

What is the name of the property that allows the mosquito to stand on the surface of the pond? What could weaken that property (i.e. environmental properties, chemicals, etc.)? What type of bonds are responsible for this property?

Mosquito emerging from pupa on surface of pond. Longer video here.


Classes Begin Again January 21st

Welcome to Biology 196

Biology 196 does not require a Biology 189 prerequisite. BIOL 196 is now considered the introductory freshman biology course for science majors at CSN and UNLV.

The 189 course is only required for students in allied health programs.

When classes are in session you will find lecture notes, links to syllabi, schedules, the laboratory manual, etc at this website.

Please check the frequently asked questions page (especially if you are trying to get into this class) and make sure you have the appropriate software. If anything requires a password, ask your instructor in class.

The required textbook is actually just a digital code, and not a paper book.

Required Materials

  1. There is no required paper textbook. In its place there is a required online digital textbook. It should read: “Campbell Biology (Mod MasteringBiology Access Card) Edition: 11th”

It must be purchased from the CSN bookstore in person or online. It must be the “Modified Mastering Biology” version.

If you are at all unsure, you can wait until the first week of class to purchase it. There will be no assignments due until after the first week of class.

  1. An iClicker 2. We will be using this for quizzes in the lecture, and you must have it to receive the points.

The iClicker can be purchased in the campus bookstore, as well as many other places.

iclicker photo



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Office:  S221A, North Las Vegas Campus
Hours:  Mon/Wed: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
              Tue/Thu: 11:30 - 12:30 a.m.

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