This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
When you think of animals, you likely think of vertebrates. From jawless fish to adaptable humans, we vertebrates occupy most of the ecological niches on the planet. Sign up for this course and find out what makes vertebrates resilient in the fight for survival on Earth.
A tour of the vertebrate world, from tunicates to primates, and their anatomical features.
Class 1: Introduction to the chordates; sea squirts to lampreys
Class 2: The fossil record
Class 3: Sharks and their features!
Class 4: Varieties of cartilaginous fish!
Class 5: Bony fish
Class 6: Amphibians
Class 7: Dinosaurs and other extinct reptiles
Class 8: Reptiles
Class 9: Birds in brief
Class 10: Mammals part 1
Class 11: Mammals part 2
Class 12: Mammals part 3
Class 13: Student presentations (watch the class, and present yours to your parent)
Course Materials: Field Guides / local pamphlets. For example:
NB: The above are not required. Any field guides will do in a pinch, including local guides and pamphlets
Homework: Students will use field guides to seek out and identify local species. Weekly automated quizzes for immediate feedback. Expect to spend one to two hours outside of class on homework. A brief project will be presented by each student on the last day