Montana State University

EDCI 591-805: Symbiosis - Eat, Prey, and Love

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Jan 22-Apr 13, 2018
Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Joseph Bradshaw

Course Description

CRN 33820
This course is all about the relationships between organisms. These relationships are all around us from organisms such as lichens that are composed of two separate species that can’t live on their own to the complex relationships that exist between clownfish and anemones. The relationship can also be harmful such as with heartworms in dogs. The complexity of the relationships in the world around us gives numerous opportunities to connect with your school curriculum.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 8 - 12 hours per week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


Joseph Bradshaw, MS.


Graduate standing; educator

Target Audience

K-12 in service teachers and other educators

Time Commitment:

8-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • Symbiotic Planet: A New Look at Evolution; by Lynn Margulis; Basic Books;
    ISBN-13: 978-0465072729
    This book can be purchased at for approximately $12.
  • New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers: Tales of Parasites and People, by Robert S. Desowitz, W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition (May 17, 1987),
    ISBN-10: 0393304264
    This book can be purchased at for approximately $18.

Please obtain the texts prior to the first day of class.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

about the course content contact Joe Bradshaw at, or Kelly Boyce at - (800) 282-6062 for questions about registration policies and other administrative details.

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

Learn how to apply.

After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

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