BIOL 206
Marine Biology Spring 2024
Division III
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The oceans impact almost all life and processes on Earth. In this course we will explore the astounding diversity of life in the world’s oceans, from the smallest photosynthetic microbes on the planet to the largest animals that weigh almost 200 tons. Using an integrative approach that spans from the molecular to the organismal to the ecological levels, we will focus on the biology of marine organisms, and their interactions and interrelationships. Topics including primary production, reproduction, acclimation to stresses, adaptation, and evolution will be discussed in the context of environments such as the open oceans, coastal waters, rocky intertidal zones, coral reefs, and the deep sea. We will emphasize how recent scientific advances have revolutionized our understanding of marine organisms and explore solutions to global challenges, including climate change and ocean acidification, pollution, sustainable fishing and aquaculture, and habitat conservation.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3042
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two exams, one two-page research paper, one final project with a three-page written component and an oral presentation component, participation in discussions, laboratory assignments
Prerequisites: Biology 101 and Biology 102, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Biology majors: seniors who need a second 200-level course for the major, and then juniors who need a second 200-level course for the major
Distributions: Division III

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