BIO 190—Scientific Communication I

Sorry, this course is no longer being offered on-line.

Welcome to BIO 190! This is a “virtual” course, taught entirely on-line with no required classroom time. You will need some specific skills in order to successfully complete it. Specifically, you need to be able to use electronic mail (email), and you need to be able to browse the World Wide Web. You don’t have to be an expert at either of these, but you will need to use each of these skills a lot during the course.

If you need help with these skills, classroom time will be available early in the quarter, and if you plan to attend at least the first class meeting, you can ignore the paragraphs below.

If you don't attend the first class meeting, but want to continue in this class, you’ll need to provide the information below. If you don’t provide it, I will try to do an “administrative drop”, but if that isn’t possible, and you don’t drop, you will receive a “U” grade. If you are unfamiliar with email and the World Wide Web, you really should attend the first class meeting; if you don’t, you must still complete this task before I will accept assignments from you.

Here’s what you need to do:

Send an email message to me at The subject line must be “BIO 190 signup”. It must be sent from the email account where you receive mail (I will use that email address to send you information for the rest of the quarter, unless you tell me a new one). You must answer the following questions, in order, each beginning a new line:

  1. What is your name?
  2. What is your SSN?
  3. Where do you do most of your Internet (Web, email) work (e.g. home, campus lab, etc.)?
  4. Where do you do most of your other computer work? (It could be the same place as #3.)
  5. What kind of computer do you mainly use for Internet work (e.g. Pentium III, Mac G4, etc.) If you’re not sure (especially if it is in a lab), make a guess.
  6. Which operating system does it have (e.g. Windows 98, Mac System 8, etc.) If you’re not sure, watch while it boots up.

Here is what a sample reply might look like:

Marie Curie
Radiation Lab
Pentium III-600
Windows 98

When I get your message, I will reply, and then you may begin the rest of the assignments.

Thanks for your interest in the course!


These are official class materials of BIO 190 as taught at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, by Curtis Clark. They are subject to change without notice to anyone but students currently enrolled in the class.

Summer Quarter, 2001
© 2001 by Curtis Clark