Textbook for Environmental Biology 2406

Do I need the textbook?

Answer: YES!

The textbook illustrated below is the current textbook used in Environmental Biology 2406. Edition 8 is the current edition, but as the instructor of the course the publisher has not yet sent me the new textbook (I will start the semester with edition 7). Edition 6 and edition 7 will also work. If you can obtain a copy of the "older" editions, it will be cheaper, but perhaps extra time will be needed when using such a textbook (when studying, to find figures and pages). Perhaps even older editions will work -- a year ago a student informed that she was using edition 4, and it worked apparently fine (at least she passed the class). However, since plenty in the world have changed since then, and page numbers and textbook figures have had major changes/updates (even chapters starting with edition 7), so if money is not an issue it might be worth it to get the newest edition...

The instructor is in the process doing a few updates to make the course independent of changes in editions. A longterm goal is to also become independent of which textbook author is used, but that is still far into the future... To succeed in this class, without having to spend unnecessary time looking for assessment answers, you need the official book used by STC, but with some leeway as to the edition...

If money is an issue, I suggest that you select the cheaper older edition (not too old) -- if you Google you should be able to find it -- you can often order it from Amazon.com (SCROLL DOWN for more info) Click on the textbook covers for more information!

There is no lab manual -- all labs are projects and virtual labs not requiring a lab manual, since the assignments are submitted on Blackboard. (Scroll down for more information.)

x x 6/e x x 7/e

Principles of Environmental Science: Inquiry & Applications.
W.P. Cunningham and M.A. Cunningham. McGrawHill Higher Education, Boston.

Where do you buy the textbook? Try the STC Bookstore, the direct link to the publisher of the biology textbooks, or Amazon.com...

--- Here is the direct link to the purchasing site of the published, provided to us by the representative of McGraw-Hill:


--- Here are some information about the books ar Amazon.com with a general link if you click on the pictures:

Another question apparently asked often by students -- so often that the STC Library has it as a frequently asked question: "My textbook is really expensive. Does the library have a copy."

This is the answer given by the STC library: "That's unlikely. You can check our catalog, but libraries rarely have current textbooks and ours is no exception."

"Some instructors using costly texts do put a copy at the library Reserves Desk. ... Items at the Reserves Desk can be checked out for two-hour periods with your STC identification card. Reserve materials cannot leave the premises."

Source: http://library.southtexascollege.edu/about/Pages/faq.aspx

Do I put the textbook on reserve?

Answer: NO.

Here is why... Textbooks -- unlike books normally put on reserve -- are meant to be used on a regular basis by each and all students throughout the semester, from day one to the last day of the semester. I often teach two Environmental Biology courses every semester -- that means 50 - 60 students. If all 50 - 60 students wish to rely on ONE copy of the textbook that could possibly be put on reserve at the library -- to find the answers to all 15 chapter quizzes, two geography drills, and reading Case Studies -- most students would not be able to finish the class with a passing grade by the end of the semester.

At STC ALL students are REQUIRED to have the textbook used for a course.

The following are minimum requirements for STC students as stipulated by Dr. Reed (August, 2005):

1. Understand and accept responsibility as a student
2. Be prepared and attend/participate in class
3. Have a textbook
4. Take an appropriate course load

Notice number 3. "Have a textbook." Relying on ONE textbook put on reserve in the library for 50 - 60 students does not constitute "have a textbook."

The REQUIRED textbook will not be put on reserve -- at least not by the instructor -- but if STC wish to do so that is the decision by STC. I don't believe in the method -- in part because I compose my classes with heavy use of the textbook in mind. It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements for a textbook. That is part of the cost of obtaining an education. It was so when I was a student, and it is so today... It is this instructor's opinion that books on "reserve" doesn't work well (or not at all). As a student in this class you need a personal copy of the REQUIRED textbook! And it is the STC policy that all students should "have a textbook".

If the present edition of the textbook is too expensive for your budget, get a copy of an older edition. If the book is too expensive in the STC bookstore try Amazon.com. They have several options, including many options to buy used copies.

I have on purpose selected a not too costly textbook for your use. This class used a "thicker" more expensive book some years ago. What students now have to pay for the present textbook is less than what the students paid for that "thicker" textbook -- despite book prices have increased since that time...

Sharing a textbook may be an option if you cannot afford one on your own. But if you share make sure you have access to the textbook when you need it.

Look at the Amazon.com options above. I suspect that the quicker students picked up those copies already BEFORE the semester started. It is called GOOD PLANNING...

Welcome to class! Get the textbook -- in the STC Bookstore or try Amazon.com -- you need it...

Dr. Nilsson

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