What you'll learn
- Understand more about the natural world around you, gain an appreciation for the complexities of life and score higher on exams!
- A device for watching videos and the ability to download .pdf documents is all that's needed! (I should add, a hunger for learning and open-mindedness is also recommended!)
This course will provide students with a basic understanding of an introductory level biology experience. It will contain video lectures and fill-in lecture notes, as well as end of section quizzes. It is up to you how you would like to experience this course, fast-paced for upcoming test prep or more slow-paced for learners that want to take their time.
The course will cover most major aspects of a biology experience in high school or introductory college course. However, It can be useful to students (at any level) looking for additional help or prep in biology topics.
I have 19+ years of experience teaching biology and chemistry at both the high school and collegiate level. The course will be taught with an appreciation for life's processes and applications to the real world will be integrated into lectures.
Who this course is for:
- This course is designed for high-school, introductory college and homeschooled students. It will also benefit AP-test preppers.
I am a U.S. certified secondary teacher (Biology/Chemistry: 2000-2021, Michigan) as well as a professor at a Michigan college for 10 years.
In the classroom environment, lectures have to begin and end at a certain time, and you're often rushed to write things down as fast as possible. A lot of information is missed as you scramble to get everything onto your paper. I notice this with my students, which is why I started creating a blended, or "flipped classroom" approach for my classes. If a student is given access to the content, they can control lecture pace and be able to pause and "rewind" when necessary. With biology and chemistry being details-based sciences, having that control can make a significant difference in understanding lectures better. With Udemy, you're in charge of when and for how long you choose to learn per session.
Understanding biology and chemistry provides a foundation to understand living (and nonliving)things around us. When we understand how life works, it aids us in understanding the interconnectedness of organisms and teaches the mechanisms of how we evolved through adaptations and changing environments. When we understand nonliving material, we know more about the physical world we are part of.
Much of my job involves classroom teaching, however I engage in research when opportunities arise. Some of the scientific research I have been involved with include:
Plant allelochemics -a plant's set of self-defense mechanisms that allows it to kill off competitors. (Plants have multiple ways to battle others who are competing for their resources)
Mark-and-recapture research on a type of desert reptile, Michigan's “six-lined racerunner" whose out-of-place habitat exists in Michigan's thumb along a short stretch of roadside for only about 1500 meters. Efforts continue to establish the species ability to survive Michigan's harsh winter climate.
Radio-tracked and tagged rattlesnakes in Oakland County, Michigan as well as black bear tracking in northern Michigan.
Limnological research in Huron Township, Michigan, flora and fauna of native wetland habitats.
Bacterial hybridization projects with GFP, a green fluorescent protein that allows genetically modified species to glow in the dark.
Worked with Michigan DNR “stream-shocking" to assess the health of native fish stocks in the AuSable River system.