Are you interested in performing original biological research at CSN?

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?


iClicker Registration

iClicker Registration Form


Second Week Finished

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.


Research in Evolution at UNLV This Summer

There is a program available for you to apply for to study evolutionary research with UNLV faculty this summer. If chosen it provides a salary of $5,750, but also could open a lot of doors for you and your future.

Definitely something to think about if you are interested in research.

unlv reu


Classes Begin Again August 28th

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.

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Phone:  +1 702 651 4569
Office:  S221A, North Las Vegas Campus
Hours:  M/W: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
              T/H: 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

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