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Prof. LaPlante Courses

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior (BI335)
This course is an introduction to the basic principles underlying the behavior of animals. Students will gain an understanding of the mechanisms and evolutionary causes that drive behaviors observed in all types of animals (insects, fish, birds, and mammals). Upon completing this course, students will have acquired experiences in observing and recording animal behaviors through laboratory and field-based studies.
Fall, sample syllabus (PDF/132KB)

Animal Behavior

Evolutionary Biology (BI325)
This course focuses on topics at the microevolutionary level such as the agents of evolutionary change leading to speciation and isolating mechanisms between species. It also addresses macroevolution, history of life on earth, systematics, and biogeography. 
Spring, sample syllabus (coming soon)

Students in Belize

Tropical Biology (BI221) and Field Studies in Tropical Biology (BI222, previously BI340)
This two-semester sequence runs every other year. Combined, the two courses introduce students to the biological complexity of the tropics through lectures, discussions, and participatory field experiences at tropical locations in the ecologically diverse Central American country of Belize. During spring semester students learn about the natural history of tropical biota, patterns of species diversity, rainforest ecology and conservation, coral reef ecology, and Belizean culture and history. During summer session, Saint Anselm faculty and local experts will lead field trips and hands-on exercises in two of the most species-rich ecosystems on the planet, the neo tropical rainforest and the coral reef.  

BI221: Spring, sample syllabus coming soon!
BI222: Summer, sample syllabus (PDF/84KB). For more information visit our course website.

Biostatistics

Biostatistics (BI345)
An introduction to the fundamentals of statistics and the application of statistical analyses in biological research. Sampling, parametric and non-parametric techniques and the presentation of data are also covered. Assignments involve spreadsheet calculations and use of statistical software. Required for Biology and Environmental Science majors. Note: the number of enrolled Biology Department majors will be limited to 20 students.
Fall, sample syllabus (PDF/228KB)

Student directed research

Directed Research (BI421 / BI422)
See Research Page.
Fall, Spring