Marine Life focuses on marine organisms, the sea as a habitat, relationships between organisms and the physical/chemical properties of their environments, and their adaptations to those environments. Students will study marine organisms, elements of biological, chemical and physical oceanography, and field sampling methods with associated statistics and laboratory techniques. Throughout the program, students will focus on the identification of marine organisms and aspects of the ecology of selected species. Each student will give an in-depth presentation (15-20 minutes) on a specific marine organism. Students will be required to use PowerPoint for this presentation (we will have PowerPoint training sessions in the CAL). Physiological adaptations to diverse marine environments and comparative anatomy will be also be emphasized. The class will study physical features of marine waters, nutrients, biological productivity and regional topics in marine science. Concepts will be applied via faculty-designed experiments and student-designed research projects. Data analysis will be facilitated through the use of Excel spreadsheets and elementary statistics. Seminars will analyze appropriate primary literature on topics from lectures and research projects.
The faculty will facilitate identification of student research projects, which may range from studies of trace metals in local organisms and sediments to ecological investigations of local estuarine animals. Students will design their research projects during winter quarter and write a research proposal that will undergo class-wide peer review. The research projects will then be carried out during spring quarter. The scientific process is completed when results of the research projects are documented in written papers and students give oral presentations during the last week of spring quarter. This two-quarter process requires that students enroll in winter and remain in the program through spring.
Credit may be awarded in marine biology, oceanography, invertebrate zoology, marine ecology and research. We anticipate that all credit will be designated "upper-division science" for those students completing both quarters of the program. Total: 32 credits