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Natural History Event Species List


Welcome to Bio109 Online!

My name is Dr. Brad Fiero, but please feel free to call me Brad. I have been teaching here since fall 1990, and have been teaching this class online since spring 2002. The class website is extensive, so this will serve as a brief introduction to the 4 main class components. Please feel free to schedule an appointment with me if you want to have a face-to-face orientation (206-6897,

First, if you have not already done so, PLEASE EMAIL ME NOW at Please tell me Your Name, the Email Address you want me to use, and any other information I need to know.

The only email I want you to use to contact me is (I do not use my D2L email address).

Second, let me answer the most common question I receive... How often do I have to come to class / west campus? The answer is 6 times.
There are two Saturday Lab Days scheduled to make doing the labs easier for you. If you miss one or both days they can be made up on your own, but it is much easier (and more fun) to do them with the class.
In addition, there are 4 Exams/Tests; they occur once every approximately three weeks and take place in the West Campus Testing Center. For each Exam/Test you have one week during which to take the Exam and the Identification Test (they can be taken together or separately). There is also an optional Final Exam/Final ID Test at the end of the semester). All dates are found in the class schedule.

Component 1: Exams
You study for exams by going through the appropriate PowerPoint presentations (available on MyPima) and by practicing for the Exam by taking the appropriate self-quizzes. Exams are taken at the West Campus Testing Center, are untimed (unless you cut it too close to closing time), you cannot use notes, and they may include multiple choice, matching, short answer, and long answer questions.

Component 2: Identification Tests
You study for identification (ID) tests by looking at the pictures and reading the descriptions linked to from the Species List, and by practicing by taking the appropriate self-quizzes. ID Tests are untimed, and you have to write down the complete, correctly-spelled common name of each species pictured (this is taken by looking at pictures on a computer in the West Campus Testing Center).

Component 3: Labs
There are 8 labs that we totally complete during the two Saturdays scheduled. If you miss one or both days they can be made up on your own, but it is much easier (and more fun) to do them with the class. If you can only make one of the two Saturdays, I highly recommend attending Lab Day 1 at the West Campus because this is when we do the three hardest labs to do on your own. On the second Saturday we go to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to complete the rest of the labs.

Component 4: Minute Quiz
PCC requires evidence of active participation in the class every week. To meet this requirement, you will submit one Minute Quiz each week (Monday through Friday).

Component 5: Natural History Event
This is completely optional because it serves as extra credit in the class. You attend a natural history event (e.g., presentation, workshop, etc.) and write a short report on what you learned at the event.

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