BI 142 : Introduction to Marine Biology

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Introduction to Marine Biology



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Examines the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the marine environment with emphasis on the ecology, biodiversity, sustainability, and conservation of marine resources.

Learning outcomes

1. Describe the unique chemical and physical characteristics of marine environments.
2. Identify and classify marine organisms by evolutionary and functional relationships.
3. Describe the ecological principles that explain the structure and function of marine ecosystems.
4. Explain the interconnections of environmental, social, and economic systems in the context of marine biology.
5. Use quantitative scientific techniques to describe the marine environment including interactions between organisms and/or the physical environment.
6. Collect, analyze, interpret, and communicate scientific data.

Content outline

Lecture Topics
Chemistry and Physics of Oceans
• Geography of Ocean Basins Seas
• Geology of Ocean Basins and Hydrothermal Vents
• Chemical Physical Properties
• Ocean Circulation, Gyres, Plastics
• Waves, Tides, Tsunamis, Invasive Species
Marine Organisms and Threats to Health
• Microbes
• Algae Seaweeds
• Invertebrates Sea Star Wasting Disease
• Fishes Habitat for Reproduction
• Reptiles Birds Ingestion of Plastics
• Marine Mammals Tourism
Marine Ecology
• Trophic Pyramids and Food Webs
• Sustainable Fisheries
• Ocean Acidification
• Ocean Warming
• Eutrophication, Hypoxia, and Dead Zones
• Oil Pollution
Lab Topics
• Data collection experiences in a simulated or actual coastal marine system
• Data-based analysis, interpretation, and determination of logical conclusions from evidence
• Independent marine organism research project and presentation

Required materials

Course may require a printed course-pack, marine biology textbook, or attendance on a multi-day field trip to the Oregon Coast.

Grading methods

Grades will be determined by in-class activities, exams, lab activities and reports, and homework from reading assignments.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Science Lab

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