Our first class is Monday, January 6, 2003, at 13:00 in Lecture Hall
The weekly schedule and book list can be found at the bottom of this page.
Marine Life: Marine Organisms and Their Environments
Winter, Spring/Group Contract
Faculty: Erik Thuesen, Amy Cook
Enrollment: 50
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, transfer students welcome; at least two quarters of college chemistry and two quarters of biological sciences with labs; an ability to work easily with numbers and equations; experience using a personal computer. We will give a short exam the first day of class to verify these prerequisites.
Faculty Signature: No
Special Expenses: Up to $140 per quarter for overnight field trips.
Internship Possibilities: No
 
This program 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. Physiological adaptations to diverse marine environments and ecological relationships 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.
 
Credit awarded in marine biology*, oceanography*, marine ecology* and research*. Although circumstances may change, we anticipate that all credit will be designated upper-division science for those students completing both quarters of the program.
 
Total: 16 credits each quarter.
 
A similar program is expected to be offered in 2004-05. Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in marine science, environmental science and other life sciences.
 
Weekly Schedule
Monday
10:00-12:00 (CAB 108) Seminar/Workshop
13:00-15:00 (LH4) Recitation/Presentations
Tuesday
8:30-11:00 (LH4) Lecture
Wednesday
8:00-10:00 (LH4) Lecture
10:00-12:00 Computer Applications Laboratory
Thursday
9:00-5:00 (Lab 1 3041) Laboratory
 
Text books
Biological Oceanography Carol M Lalli ISBN: 0750633840 Pergamon
Seawater Its Composition, Properties and Behaviour Open University Team ISBN: 0750637153 Pergamon
Ocean Circulation Open University Team ISBN: 0750652780 Pergamon
The Ocean Basins: Their Structure and Evolution Open University Team ISBN: 0750639830 Pergamon
Marine Community Ecology M. Bertness ISBN: 0-87893-057-4 Sinauer
Diversity of the Invertebrates (Pacific Coast Version) J. Nybakken ISBN: 0-697-15120-4 WC Brown
Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast E. Kozloff ISBN: 0-295-96084-1 University of Washington