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Jean S. DeSaix

Teaching Professor

Contact Information

Office: 302 Coker Hall
Email: jdesaix[at]
Office Phone: (919) 962-1068


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1978)
M.S., Zoology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1969)
A.B., Biology, Catawba College (1967)

Research Description

Teaching Awards


  • Biology 101 [011] Principles of Biology (3). Open to all undergraduates (Limit 420 students). This course is the prerequisite to most higher courses in biology. An introduction to the fundamental principles of biology, including cell structure, chemistry, and function; genetics; evolution; adaptation; and ecology.  100 Hamilton Hall TuTh 9:30
  • Biology 101H, An honors version of 101. Enrollment limited to students in the Honors program and others by permission. (Limit 20 students). This course covers most material from the regular section in addition to reading one or more extra books, working through case studies and preparing individual reports and presentations. Some of these presentations can be seen at:  This class meets at 12:30 TuTh in room 133 Wilson Hall.
  • Biology 65,  Pneumonia

Biology Teaching Assistants’ Orientation Documents

Academic Resources: Word doc, PDF

Campus Activities

Professional Activities

  • Co-Author of Test bank for Campbell, et. al. Biology.
  • Past member of the Development Committee for Advanced Placement Biology
  • Current member of the Development Committee for the CLEP, PRAXIS, DAT and OAT exams
  • Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and other evaluation organizations
  • Reviewer for introductory biology textbooks