Welcome to "State of the Planet"! Below is information on what you will need for the course.
1. 2-credit option – Requires attending the M W lectures 8:40-9:55am, coming to class prepared (i.e. doing the readings), and completing of weekly lecture assignments.
2. 3-credit option – Same as above with the added opportunity to design and conduct your own Action Project. A major theme for the course is action! Throughout the semester we will deal with a broad array of issues facing our planet and in all of them we focus on solutions and potential actions. Here, you have a chance to get involved in an issue of interest and make a difference. You decide the issue and the project while working and communicating with your TA advisor. You may start something completely new or join existing groups on campus or in the community (and remember, our community includes the entire Planet). The key here is action!
Students in the 3-credit option also need to be available on Fridays 8:40-9:55am for occasional meetings. At the start of the semester we will meet on a few consecutive weeks to discuss projects in detail and to invite a panel of previous students to tell us about their action projects.
As an S/U course, attendance AND participation are of prime importance. Both will require the use of an iclicker, which you should have during all lecture periods. Participation will also be gauged based on completion of weekly lecture assignments.
Passing the course requires the satisfactory completion of at least 80% of all homework assignments as well as active attendance to all lectures. Students have a maximum of 2 unexcused absences; any additional absences must be cleared beforehand by a TA or the course instructor. Additionally, we will use the honor code for the iclickers so please be aware that clicking in for a friend is a violation of the Cornell Code of Academic Integrity.
And, of course, the most important requirements are to learn and have fun! Thanks for being a part of the course!
: Weekly homework assignments are posted on the Discussion Board on the Blackboard site for the course.
We will be using the iClicker.
Please bring your clicker to every class.
To Register Your i-clicker:
1. After purchasing clicker, log on to
2. Enter your netid (if you are not already logged in).
3. Enter the device ID found on the back of the i-clicker.
To enroll in the course blackboard site:1. Log on to your blackboard account
Acknowledgements. This course was made possible by the generosity and support of Biddy Martin (University Provost), Susan Henry (Robert P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and life Sciences, John Guckenheimer (Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in Nonlinear Systems Program), the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.