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Biology Activities and Opportunities

Honors Biology
Biology majors may take Majors Biology I and II with the Honor‘s option – which includes a semester–long project. For more information, contact Bill Langley (instructor for honors general biology) at blangley@butlercc.edu or Susan Forrest (Honors Program Coordinator) at sforrest@butlercc.edu.
Special courses
Seasonally elective biology courses are offered: Wildflower/Weed Identification spring, summer and fall.
The Wildflower and Weed Identification (BI218) course is a hands on field biology class involving several trips for specimen collecting. This class is offered spring 2004 (CRN:4367) in Andover (Saturdays 9am–5pm) from April 17–May 8. Contact Michael Heffron at mheffron@butlercc.edu for more information.
These are great field biology experiences that transfer as a biology elective to many four year universities and colleges in Kansas.
Non–Credit Courses
Bob Broyles at Non–credit Community Courses Taught:

  • I Like Spiders and Snakes
  • Winter Gardening in Kansas without a Greenhouse
  • Modern Homesteading Classes
    • Poultry in the Backyard
    • Organic Gardening

Water Quality Testing
The Water Quality Institute encompasses several programs, including: The Walnut River Water Festival, and Water Testing Service. The purpose of the Water Quality Institute is to provide services to the community in testing water, educate students in water conservation, and train new environmental technology personnel for the challenge of monitoring and maintaining our freshwater resources here in the Butler County area.
Walnut River Water Festival
Each year hundreds of 4th and 5th graders from all over Butler County descend on the Butler of El Dorado campus to learn more about Water Quality. Butler‘s lead instructor of Biology (Bill Langley) and the Butler County Conservation District Coordinator (Sandy Koontz) work with several guest instructors, including several members of the Butler Community College faculty, to put this program together each year.
Environmental Issues
Environmental Issues is a class designed for students who need a science elective or those interested in environmental technology as a certificate program. It is a part of the environmental technology program, but transfers as a science elective for non–majors.
Microbes in the Classroom
Students from one of Susan Forrest‘s microbiology classes and from Phi Theta Kappa presented a hand washing bacteria in the environment lesson to over 400 elementary students in the Butler/Sedgwick County areas during the fall 2003 semester. This project is an ongoing project. We hope to expand the project each semester and provide this fun, educational, and very important lesson to children in the area. If you have questions or would like more information on this project, contact Susan Forrest at sforrest@butlercc.edu.
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Project
Students interested in Honors Credit for Microbiology may participate in an ongoing study of the frequency of MRSA cases in the Butler/Sedgwick County areas. Started in the fall of 2002, students have sampled approximately 100 persons in the Butler/Sedgwick County area. Results for the fall 2003 tests are being analyzed and will be available soon. If you are interested in participating in this study or would like more information about the results, contact Susan Forrest at sforrest@butlercc.edu.
Student Lab Assistant Opportunities
Currently, all of our lab assistant positions are filled. We will be looking for new student help for the summer semester and for the fall semester. If you are interested, please fill out the Butler Community College application (can be obtained by Human Resources in the 900 building on the El Dorado and Andover Campuses.) Students must also apply for Federal Financial Aid to determine if they are eligible for the Federal Work Study funding.