Environmental Physiology (BSC 452/552) Class Links
Course Homepage: http://ichthyology.usm.edu/courses/bsc452/
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday 1:00-3:00 pm, Tuesday
8:00-10:00am. 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: 3:30-4:45 Monday, Wednesday in JST 210
Environmental Physiology of Animals, Second Edition, by P. Willmer,
G. Stone and I. Johnston
- The nature and mechanisms for physiological adaptation in an environmental
- An introduction to physiology and the issues of size and scale
- Understanding of specific adaptations to environmental extremes
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. Final grades are
assigned in a standard 90-80-70 scale with no curve and no extra credit. The
point values are as follows:
||Class Presentations (graduate only)
||Final Exam (cumulative)
||400 points (450 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.
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.
Academic misconduct includes cheating (using unauthorized materials, information,
or study guides), plagiarism (submitting others work as if it were your own),
falsification of records, unauthorized possession of examinations, intimidation,
and any other action that may improperly affect the evaluation of your performance.
It also includes assisting others in any such acts or attempts to engage in
such acts. Penalties may range from grade penalties (including lowering a student's
semester grade, failing a student for the course, or requiring a substitute
exam or paper) to official disciplinary action. For more information, see the
sections on Academic Honesty and Plagiarism (pg. 49-50) in the student handbook.
Note: This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion
of the instructor. All changes will be announced in class and on the course