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BIO 2450 - Genetics: Instructor Approval Request (Summer 2022)

  • Dates: May 12 - July 22, 2022 (starts before Summer I and continues through Summer II)
  • Format: hybrid course.
    • May 12 - May 30: student completes asynchronous Canvas modules
    • May 31 - July 22: a hybrid course that meets on weekdays from 8:30 am - 9:50 am.
      • Lectures will sometimes meet online and sometimes face-to-face (typically test days). Attendance is mandatory, regardless of if meeting via Zoom or face-to-face.
      • Labs will meet face-to-face.
  • Enrollment restrictions: students must take only BIO 2450 in the Summer I semester. Students may enroll in one other course in Summer II.
    • Notify Dr. Westerlund (jw33@txstate.edu) if you decide to take one other course in Summer 2.
    • Studying genetics takes time (minimum of 3 to 4 hours daily) with readings and genetic problems to solve and submit for grading.
    • You need to be able to have that time to devote to genetics study. I want you to be successful in a difficult course. The good news is that Dr. Westerlund is available to support you 100% in your genetics learning.
    • If you must take other courses in the summer, then register for genetics in the fall.  

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Student Contract


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How to Succeed & Other Information

How to Succeed: 

  1. Read the assigned readings before lecture and review your lecture notes after each lecture
  2. Do the assigned problems, check your answers and read the solutions manual on the questions. 
  3. Watch the Educreations videos that are designed for you as you work through the problems.  (you will be sent the link for Educretions after you have registered)  
  4. Work in study groups and visit me during Zoom office hours for further help. Come to review sessions. 
  5. Be prepared for the exams by knowing how to approach the problems and understand the concepts and terms. 

Textbook information:

  • Purchased with your tuition.  It will be an etextbook.
  • The textbook is: Genetics A Conceptual Approach 7th Edition, Benjamin Pierce with Achieve Online Learning  

  • Double-check on your tuition bill that your textbook is included. If not, you will need to contact the Bobcat bookstore.

    • IA ACHIEVE ONLINE 1TERM GENETICS 7E 9781319427214
      $89.99 list/$78.25 net 

    • You can rent a loose-leaf if you would like. 
      Loose-Leaf Add on:  $30.00 
      CF LL GENETICS 7E&FLY TSU. (Optional Loose-leaf) 
      9781319444631 
      $30 net