Biology 54 - Human Understanding
San Jose State University
An Asynchronous, No Zoom Online Course
Ins. Mary Poffenroth (She/Her)

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Welcome to Summer 2021!

Even though the semester doesn't officially start until July 6, 2021, please begin by downloading our Summer 2021 Syllabus HERE


Our course is asynchronous, meaning that we do not have any in real time meetings and there are no zoom sessions to attend. You will not see the course appear in your Canvas page until the official first day of class.


Can You Access Canvas?

Please make sure you can get into Canvas now. If you can't access, please contact eCampus immediately. Canvas will be the foundation of everything we do and you will need to access it many times throughout each week.

Are you new to Canvas? Do this quick tutorial here:

More about Canvas can be found at


Procure Your Reading Materials

Our Two Books Are:

1 of 2: Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change, George Marshall (Required). ISBN: 9781632861023 (either publication year is fine).


Available at Spartan Bookstore and on Amazon @



2 of 2: Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Bradberry & Greaves (Required). I have worked with the SJSU-MLK Library to secure FREE digital licenses for you for this title! If you wish a paper copy though, you will need to purchase.   Access by signing into your SJSU student library account - more details in our Canvas course. 


ISBN: 1441842233


Available at Spartan Bookstore and on Amazon @


Sign Into Canvas on Day 1

Make sure you have your notifications turned on. On the first day of our term, you will see our course. Canvas is where all our class info, lectures, updates & announcements will be posted.


Do You Need a Laptop or other Technology ?

SJSU has iPads, Laptops, and other tech items for you to check out at