Extra Credit Opportunities

READ THESE GUIDELINES!!! For Fall 2012 Quarter, the deadline to hand in extra credit is Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at the start of class.

  • A maximum of 40 extra credit points is available per student for the quarter. No exceptions.
  • All work must by original.
  • All extra credit is due by the final exam.  Absolutely NO extra credit is accepted after this deadline.  Sorry, No exceptions.  
  • NO extra credit given to students who do not supply references for their work or who have plagarized any part of their work.
  • The Instructor will not accept any extra credit from students who have more than 4 absences from class or lab as well as any students who are disruptive or disrespectful in class. 

I. 5 Point Options

Find and read a relevant article. 

  1. The article must directly involve a topic of Biology and be no more than 1 month old.
  2. After reading the article, do a brief write up of the key points of the article, note the source, define new vocabulary used in the text.
  3. Hand the article & 1 page write up to the instructor. Instructor reserves the right to reject an article if it is not appropriate, is too brief or does not meet the above expectations.
  4. All articles must be handed to the instructor prior to the above stated deadline.

II. For 10 points

Define the term ecological footprint. This exercise asks you to calculate your own ecological footprint.

  1. Go to  this website: www.footprintnetwork.org.  
  2. Type or neatly print your answers to the following:
  3. Define the term ecological footprint. 
  4. Itemize your ecological footprint and highlight what part of your current lifestyle is the greatest contributor to it. Housing, food etc?  
  5. Print out the final page on this website that summarizes your own footprint.  In addition, click on the link that makes suggestions for reducing your footprint. 
  6. Describe 3 changes you can make to reduce your footprint, then recalculate and discuss the significance of those changes. 

III. For a possible 20 points

Spend a day going on a field trip to any of these great, local areas. Create a power point using 20 photos with accompanying facts you learned while on this field trip.  DO NOT do a research paper. All your information MUST directly come from the field trip/ museum. No wiki or google searches. If you do not have power point, you may put your photos into a word document.

Students who choose this option must complete and hand the assignment in to the instructor no later than the end of lecture of week 9. Please don't ask for an extension because after this date you will be needing to work on your lab presentations which are worth much more than 20 points.

  1. Go to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.  Take a minimum of 10 photos (you must be in at least 3 of them) and create a power point.  You may photograph any of the displays there that relate to any topic in biology that may or may not have been covered in this class.  Do not do ANY internet research for this assignment.  All your information should come from the museum directly (placards, films, docent tours etc) and reflect your experience there. Describe each photo and what you've learned about it. For each photo there should be at least 3 bullet points of information.
  2. Go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Select 10 marine animals. Take a photo of each and describe their physical and behavioral characteristics. you must be in at least 3 of these photos.  NO internet research please!!  Get all your info right there at the aquarium by reading the placards/signs or speaking with the many volunteer docents/ employees that are there to provide visitors with information.  Where is each animal found (specifically in what zone of the ocean ecosystem?) What does it eat? Who eats it? What threatens it? Describe how relates with at least 2 other organisms in its native habitat. Complete your project by discussing 5 things you learned at the aquarium about living more sustainably/ protecting the environment. 
  3. Go to the San Francisco Zoo or Oakland Zoo. Take photos of 10 animal exhibits.  You must be in at least 3 of these photos.  For each animal you choose:a) describe its native habitat  b) general characteristics of the animal  c) eating/ mating/ other behavioral characteristics  d)  what is its status:  endangered? Threatened? What are its current numbers?  e) any miscellaneous interesting facts) Share 5 facts the Zoo teaches about conservation. 
  4. Go to Ano Nuevo State Park: You will need reservations to take a guided tour of the elephant seals during mating season. Winter quarter is perfect for this since mating season is between mid December through March. You may see bull seals battling for breeding access to the females. Pregnant females generally come ashore here to give birth from late December to early February. Females will nurse their pups for approximately one month before mating and returning to the sea. The pups will remain here through March. Describe your experience in your own words in a power point that will include 10 photos as well as 10 facts you get from the docent. Make sure you are in at least 3 of these photos. Google Ano Nuevo State Park for details.
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