Nicola J. R. Plowes, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Life Sciences

Life Science

Office: NU 6 - Room: 174

Office Hours

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Classes Taught

Spring 2024

BIO182 General Biology (Majors) II 4 Credits

The study and principles of structure and function of living things at cellular, organismic, and higher levels of organization. A detailed exploration of the mechanisms of evolution, biological diversity, biology of organisms, and ecology.

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO181, or BIO181XT, or permission of Department or Division.

General Education Designations: Natural Sciences General [SG]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
27057

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Class 27057 Students may contact instructor at: nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 27057 must also register for .

29562

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Class 29562 Students may contact instructor at: nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 29562 must also register for .

27054
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lab
01/17/2024 - 05/10/2024
We
9:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Class Started

Notes: Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 27054 must also register for .

27058

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lab
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Class 27058 Students may contact instructor at: nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 27058 must also register for .

29563

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lab
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Class 29563 Students may contact instructor at: nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 29563 must also register for .

Spring Flex Start 2024

BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I 4 Credits

The study and principles of structure and function of organisms at the molecular and cellular levels. A detailed exploration of the chemistry of life, the cell, and genetics.

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in RDG100, or RDG100LL, or higher, or eligibility for CRE101. One year of high school or one semester of college-level biology and chemistry is strongly recommended.

General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
34862

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
03/18/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class Meets for Second Eight (8) Weeks

Zero-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of required online instructional materials for this "Z Class" is $0.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching, and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or have an open license copyright that permits no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, retention, redistribution, and adaptation by others.

A lab kit must be purchased from Home Science Tools https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/mcc-hybrid-bio-181-kit/

Lab Notes: Students must also register for lab.

Students may contact instructor at: nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 34862 must also register for .

34863

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lab
03/18/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class Meets for Second Eight (8) Weeks

This course will be taught with multiple attendance options. Contact your instructor for more information.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching, and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or have an open license copyright that permits no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, retention, redistribution, and adaptation by others.

A lab kit must be purchased from Home Science Tools https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/mcc-hybrid-bio-181-kit/

Lab Notes: Students must register for lecture and lab.

Students may contact instructor at: nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 34863 must also register for .

Summer 2024

BIO182 General Biology (Majors) II 4 Credits

The study and principles of structure and function of living things at cellular, organismic, and higher levels of organization. A detailed exploration of the mechanisms of evolution, biological diversity, biology of organisms, and ecology.

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO181, or BIO181XT, or permission of Department or Division.

General Education Designations: Natural Sciences General [SG]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
15121

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
05/28/2024 - 07/18/2024

Open

14 of 48
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Zero-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of required online instructional materials for this "Z Class" is $0.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching, and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or have an open license copyright that permits no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, retention, redistribution, and adaptation by others.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Class 15121 Students may contact instructor at: nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 15121 must also register for one of .

15122

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lab
05/28/2024 - 07/18/2024

Open

12 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 15122 Students may contact instructor at: nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 15122 must also register for .

15146

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lab
05/28/2024 - 07/18/2024

Open

2 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 15146 Students may contact instructor at: nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 15146 must also register for .

Fall 2024

BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I 4 Credits

The study and principles of structure and function of organisms at the molecular and cellular levels. A detailed exploration of the chemistry of life, the cell, and genetics.

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in RDG100, or RDG100LL, or higher, or eligibility for CRE101. One year of high school or one semester of college-level biology and chemistry is strongly recommended.

General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
13698

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

24 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching, and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or have an open license copyright that permits no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, retention, redistribution, and adaptation by others.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Exams will require the use of a lockdown browser and smartphones will not work with the online exams. I-Pads can be used.

Textbook and lab manual available at no cost and may include OER (Open Educational Resources). A lab kit must be purchased from Home Science Tools https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/mcc-hybrid-bio-181-kit/

Students may contact instructor at: nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 13698 must also register for .

13699

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lab
08/20/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

24 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 13699 Class exams will require the use of a lockdown browser and monitor so you will need to have a computer or iPad with a microphone, speakers, and a camera. Chromebooks and smartphones will not work with this system, and can not be used to take the online exams. Lab kits are required. These can be purchased from Home Science Tools." ('Home Science Tools' hyperlink https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/mcc-hybrid-bio-181-kit/

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Students may contact instructor at: nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 13699 must also register for .

BIO182 General Biology (Majors) II 4 Credits

The study and principles of structure and function of living things at cellular, organismic, and higher levels of organization. A detailed exploration of the mechanisms of evolution, biological diversity, biology of organisms, and ecology.

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO181, or BIO181XT, or permission of Department or Division.

General Education Designations: Natural Sciences General [SG]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
15687
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024
MoWe
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Open

18 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: Zero-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of required online instructional materials for this "Z Class" is $0.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching, and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or have an open license copyright that permits no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, retention, redistribution, and adaptation by others.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 15687 must also register for .

32617

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

22 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Zero-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of required online instructional materials for this "Z Class" is $0.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching, and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or have an open license copyright that permits no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, retention, redistribution, and adaptation by others.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Class 32617 Students may contact instructor at: nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 32617 must also register for .

15688
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lab
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024
Mo
10:30 AM - 1:20 PM

Open

18 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 15688 must also register for .

32618

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lab
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

22 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 32618 Students may contact instructor at: nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 32618 must also register for .

Fall Flex Start 2024

BIO116 Introduction to Animal Behavior 4 Credits

Scientific study of animal behavior for non-majors. Includes experimental exploration of current hypotheses for genetic and environmental influences, communication, reproductive strategies, habitat selection, and sociality. Prerequisites: None.

Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
15919

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
10/14/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

15 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching, and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or have an open license copyright that permits no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, retention, redistribution, and adaptation by others.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Class Meets for Second Eight (8) Weeks

Class 15919 Honors Contracts are available for this course.

Class 15919 Students may contact instructor at nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 15919 must also register for .

15920

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lab
10/14/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

15 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Class Meets for Second Eight (8) Weeks

Class 15920 Honors Contracts are available for this course.

Class 15920 Students may contact instructor at nicola.plowes@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 15920 must also register for .

Degrees & Awards

BS Biology (Ecology, Evolution, Conservation) (UT Austin 1999)

PhD Entomology (UCONN 2008)

Post-doctoral studies at ASU SOLS (2008-2013)

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