Ichthyology (BSC 414/514L) Class Links
Ichthyology - BSC 414/414L, BSC 514/514L
Course Homepage: http://ichthyology.usm.edu/courses/bsc414/
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday 8:00-9:00 am, Tuesday
8:00-11:00am. If these office hours don't fit your schedule please see me
for alternate times when we can schedule a meeting. Feel free to contact me
after class or through email to set up a meeting time.
Office: 1004 Johnson Science Tower
Lectures: 2:00-3:15 Monday, Wednesday in WSB 153
Labs: 3:30-6:30 Monday in WSB 153
Textbook Diversity of Fishes, Second Edition by Gene Helfman, Bruce Collette, Douglas Facey and Brian Bowen
- Recognize all major taxonomic groups of fishes
- Ability to identify freshwater fishes of the Southeastern US
- General knowledge of the science of ichthyology
- Understanding of basic anatomy and physiology of fishes
- Understanding of the evolution, systematics, and zoogeography of major
groups of fishes
- Appreciation of current issues concerning conservation and fisheries applications
There will be three inclass exams. For the most part, these exams will also
divide the semester into units based on the topics we cover. There will also
be two papers you will write during the semester. Final grades are assigned
in a standard 90-80-70 scale with no curve and no extra credit. The point values
are as follows:
||Lab Practical 1
||Lab Practical 2
||Class Presentation (Graduate only)
||Final Exam (cumulative)
||750 points (800 graduate)
See the course calendar for exam dates. This calendar is subject to change,
and all changes will be announced in class and on the course web page. Exams
will consist of a variety of question formats. All questions will come from
lecture material and assigned readings in the textbook. Finally, academic integrity
is considered fundamental to the learning environment. Acts of dishonesty are
not acceptable and will be dealt with appropriately.
I strongly encourage your attendance at lecture. Although your attendance record
is not calculated into your overall course grade, experience has shown me that
students having several absences do not perform well on exams. If you miss a
lecture, find someone in class to tell you what you missed or see me during
office hours. It would be wise to borrow a classmate's notes and/or read the
textbook because we cover important material every day. If you have to miss
class, I would be happy to go over what you missed during my office hours.
Students are expected to invest considerable time outside of class in learning the material for this course. The expectation of the University of Southern Mississippi is that each week students should spend approximately 2-3 hours outside of class for every hour in class working on reading, assignments, studying, and other work for the course. Time management is thus critical for student success. All students should assess their personal circumstances and talk with their advisors about the appropriate number of credit hours to take each term, keeping in mind that 30 credit hours each year are needed to graduate in four years. Resources for academic support can be found here.
There will be field trips during lab times and attendance on trips is mandatory.
A large portion of your lab partition grade will be based on attendance and
participation in collecting trips. On these trips, active participation will
involve you getting wet and possibly muddy. Appropriate dress includes old tennis
shoes or boots, long pants (shorts are OK but do not offer much protection).
We will provide you with a set of waders if you want, however these are quite
warm and may not be comfortable during the summer. If you are not a particularly
strong swimmer, please let me know and life vests will be available. We will
make every attempt to collect in streams and rivers that are easy to access,
shallow and clean. However, this is not always possible. Please be prepared.
There will be two field trips that last more than one day, one to southwestern
Arkansas and one to northern Mississippi. For these trips we will leave as early as possible on Friday, stay overnight on
location, sample and return late on Saturday. Attendance at one of these two
trips is mandatory, extra credit (40 points, the equivalent of half a letter grade) will be awarded if you attend and
participate in both trips.
Finally, please do not attempt to handle snakes while on field trips, we may
encounter poisonous species.
Dates of Interest
For information on the last day to drop this class, see the academic
calendars published by the Office of the Registrar.
The final exam will be administered at the scheduled time, see the final
exam schedule published by the Office of the Registrar.
Please respect the other students in the class by not causing disruptions.
This includes cell phones ringing, having conversations with others in the class
or other disruptive behavior.
In general, all exams must be taken in class on time. If there is some reason
you can not take an exam at that time, please see me ahead of time.
If you miss an examination for medical reasons, please give me a written statement
to that effect signed by the attending physician. Documentation will be accepted
only up to one week following the missed examination. Exams missed without
medical documentation or prior consent of the instructor result in a grade of
0. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Disability Support Services
If any student has special needs they can contact the Office
for Disability Accommodations for assistance.
All students at the University of Southern Mississippi are expected to demonstrate the highest levels of academic integrity in all that they do. Forms of academic dishonesty include (but are not limited to):
• Cheating (including copying from others’ work) • Plagiarism (representing another person’s words or ideas as your own; failure to properly cite the source of your information, argument, or concepts)
• Falsification of documents
• Disclosure of test or other assignment content to another student
• Submission of the same paper or other assignment to more than one class without the explicit approval of all faculty members’ involved
• Unauthorized academic collaboration with others
• Conspiracy to engage in academic misconduct
Engaging in any of these behaviors or supporting others who do so will result in academic penalties and/or other sanctions. If a faculty member determines that a student has violated our Academic Integrity Policy, sanctions ranging from resubmission of work to course failure may occur, including the possibility of receiving a grade of “XF” for the course, which will be on the student’s transcript with the notation “Failure due to academic misconduct.” For more details, please see the University’s Academic Integrity Policy. Note that repeated acts of academic misconduct will lead to expulsion from the University.
Note: This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion
of the instructor. All changes will be announced in class.