2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Marine Life: Marine Organisms and Their Environments

Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Jennifer Nielsen , Seabird McKeon

Fields of Study: marine science

Winter: CRN (Credit) Level 20379 (16) So - Sr  

Spring: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 30272 (16) So - Sr; 30508 (1-16) Jr - Sr  Signature Required Incoming students should have a background in marine science and interest in joining an existing research team.  For an application, please contact the faculty.  

Credits: 16(W); 16(S)

Class Standing: Sophomore - Senior

Offered During: Day

Academic Website: http://wikis.evergreen.edu/marinelife1011

Prerequisites: At least two quarters of college chemistry with labs, and two quarters of biological sciences with labs; college-level algebra, an ability to work easily with numbers and equations.


This program focuses on marine organisms, the sea as a habitat, relationships between the organisms and the physical/chemical properties of their environments. Marine biodiversity, evolution, fisheries biology and conservation ecology will be emphasized. Students will also learn field-sampling methods, laboratory techniques and quantitative methods for data analysis. Concepts and techniques will be applied via faculty-designed experiments and student-designed research projects. Seminars will discuss literature, including scientific primary literature, relevant to the lecture topics and to student research projects.

An important component of the program is to learn how to conduct scientific research. The faculty will facilitate identification of student research projects that are consistent with the available resources and time. Teams of students will design their research projects during winter quarter and write a research proposal that will undergo peer and faculty review. The research projects will then be carried out during spring quarter. Because the research project continues across two quarters, students are strongly recommended to commit to both quarters of the program.

Maximum Enrollment: 50

Required Fees: Winter/Spring $200 per quarter for overnight field trips.

Upper Division Science Credit: Upper division science credit will be awarded for upper division work.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: marine ecology and biology, field and laboratory methods in marine science, and research in marine science.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 1st, 2011 Signature requirement for new enrollment in Spring quarter.
December 1st, 2010 Fees updated
November 29th, 2010 Sea McKeon has joined the teaching team.
November 23rd, 2010 Jennifer Nielsen has joined the teaching team; description updated.
November 2nd, 2010 New program is pending.