Marine Life: Biological Oceanography
Last Updated: 11/14/2007
Faculty: Gerardo Chin-Leo marine biology
Major areas of study include upper division oceanography and marine biology (bacteria and protozoa).
Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.
Prerequisites: At least two quarters of college chemistry with labs, and two quarters of biological sciences with labs, as well as college-level algebra.
Marine Life: Biological Oceanography will present the major geological, chemical and physical characteristics of the marine habitat. In addition, we will examine the biology and ecology of bacteria, algae and protozoa. Specific topics of study will include marine sediments, ocean circulation, marine productivity, marine microbiology, harmful algal blooms, the role of the oceans in global climate change, etc. Through lab and field work, students will develop techniques in microscopy and in measuring biologically important parameters of seawater such as salinity, temperature, nutrients, and oxygen. The data collected in the lab and field will be analyzed using basic descriptive and inferential statistics. During seminar, students will present and discuss studies published in the scientific primary literature. Students will be evaluated through exams, written reports, oral presentations and the preparation of a formal proposal for research.
This program is the first of a three quarter sequence examining marine life: Biological Oceanography (fall), Marine Ecology (winter) and Research in Marine Science (spring). Qualified students can take these programs in any combination. We recommend that students wishing to pursue advanced work/education in marine science complete all three programs.
Credits: 16 per quarter
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in marine science and environmental sciences.
Planning Units: Environmental Studies