Contact Information
morres@linnbenton.edu
Email is best.
Office: White Oak Hall 220 and Benton Center 201
Office Hours:
Tue. 10:30 - 11:30 am Albany campus

Susan Morre – Biological Sciences

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Wednesday September 25th is Welcome Day at LBCC during Week 0 and is intended to help you get off to a good start at LBCC. Classes begin the following week.

Happy fall term, BI 101 students! This term I will be teaching one section of Biology 101 (CRN 23786 Tuesdays/Thursdays 12 - 2:20 pm).  This course is General Biology, with a focus on Biodiversity, Ecosystem Ecology, and Human Impacts. Please be aware that this course is for non-biology majors.

I will bring print copies of the Fall 2019 syllabus and schedule to the first class meeting on Tuesday October 1. You can review them here in early September. Please buy the lab packet and download the textbook before our first day of class. Read Lab 1 from the packet and be prepared for our first day of class!

I will use Moodle to help you keep track of assignments and your grade, and I will use this instructor website primarily to post announcements and lecture materials. Please make time to visit me during my office hour in White Oak Hall 220 sometime during the first three weeks of class. If you are not available at that time, you may come by right after class or make an appointment at another time that works for both of us.

 

COURSE SCHEDULE:

Detailed syllabus

Schedule for CRN 23786 LBCC Albany Campus, Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 - 2:20 pm in White Oak Hall 217 (Tuesdays) and 218 (Thursdays)

I will post my PowerPoint lectures on Moodle and at the bottom of this page each week for your review. 

TEXTBOOK and LAB PACKET:

Our required textbook is a free OpenStax book titled "Concepts of Biology." Our weekly homework assignments will be provided as we move through the term, but we will not be using any online homework platform this term.

The required  BI101 lab packet is available at the bookstore (for about $7.50).  You will also need 3 Scantron forms for your two midterm exams and final exam (available at the bookstore for less than a dollar for all three).

A little information about me:

I am interested in a broad range of topics related to the study of life, both human and ecological systems, and the outcomes of our actions and interactions with the natural world. My educational background reflects this range of interests, from Botany and Architecture as an undergraduate student at the University of Texas to my Master's degree in Environmental Sciences and Ph.D. in Forest Ecosystems & Society at Oregon State University. 

Prior to returning to college for my graduate degrees, I enjoyed a career in native garden design and construction and habitat restoration in the Texas Hill Country and the Willamette Valley. In addition to my passion for caring for the environment, I truly love teaching and being a part of the LBCC community.

I look forward to exploring a variety of biological sciences topics with you this term.  I want to help you meet your educational goals and succeed in the classroom. Bring your curiosity to class and let's have fun learning together! 

 Tips for studying

Additional resources:  Please refer to our syllabus for some academic success resources available at LBCC. Also, Oregon State University offers a good website designed to help students be more academically prepared: https://success.oregonstate.edu/learning.  Anyone can access the online Learning Corner and because many LBCC students are either already OSU students or want to transfer to a 4-year institution, this is a great way to become familiar with tips and resources outside of LBCC.

 

WEEKLY LECTURES:

Week 1: Life on Earth (Chapter 1)

Week 2: Population Ecology part 1 and part 2

Week 3: Community Ecology part 1 and part 2

Exam 1 Study Guide

Week 4: Food Webs and Nutrient Cycles (lecture 1)and Ecosystem Ecology (lecture 2). If you download these lectures, the slide text boxes on the slides will look as they should. I converted them to pdfs on the Moodle page to fix this Google Slides issue, so you might prefer to view them on Moodle.

Week 5: Bacteria and Viruses and Protist Diversity

Week 6: Fungi part 1 and part 2

Exam 2 Study Guide

Week 7: Plant Kingdom part 1 and part 2

 



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