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2022-2023 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIO 183IN - Marine Biology

4 Credits, 6 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 3 lab periods

Survey of marine environments and their biotic communities. Includes scientific measurements and laboratory techniques, principles of marine science, life in the marine environment, structure and function of marine ecosystems, and humans and the sea. Also includes an emphasis on the natural history of marine organisms.

Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - SCI; Meets CTE - M&S.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Utilize scientific methods to formulate and answer questions.
  2. Apply biological principles to current issues.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Perform activities to demonstrate improvement in the general education goals of oral communication and global awareness
  2. Demonstrate the correct use of a microscope and metric tools for measuring length, mass, and volume.
  3. Discuss the dimensions and importance of world oceans.
  4. Describe how scientists study the biology of the oceans.
  5. Compare and contrast the geological, physical, and chemical aspects of the ocean environment.
  6. Relate the mode of action of tides, waves, and currents to the effects they have on marine environments.
  7. List the properties of seawater.
  8. Discuss the effects of physical factors on cells in marine environments.
  9. Identify marine organisms with respect to their accepted classification and phylogeny.
  10. Interpret the life history and functional morphology of living marine organisms through direct observation.
  11. Identify basic ecological interactions among organisms, including symbiosis, competition and trophic interactions.
  12. Describe the relationships between the biotic and abiotic portions of selected marine ecosystems.
  13. Compare and contrast the structure and function of marine ecosystems.
  14. Discuss the limitations and potential of the ocean as a source for mineral and biological resources.

  1. Scientific Measurements and Laboratory Techniques
    1. Microscopy
    2. Metric measurements
  2. Principles of Marine Science
    1. World oceans
    2. History and methods of marine science
    3. The sea floor
    4. Geological, chemical, and physical features of seawater and the world oceans
    5. Tides, waves, and currents
    6. Properties of sea water
  3. Life in the Marine Environment
    1. Structure and function of cells
    2. Effects of physical factors on cells
    3. Marine prokaryotes, protists, fungi and plants
    4. Marine invertebrates
    5. Marine fishes
    6. Marine reptiles, birds and mammals
    7. Relationship between functional morphology and lifestyle
  4. Structure and Function of Marine Ecosystems
    1. Basic ecological interactions
    2. Biotic and abiotic components of marine ecosystems
    3. Intertidal zones
    4. Estuaries
    5. Continental shelf
    6. Coral reefs
    7. Life near the surface
    8. Ocean depths
  5. Humans and the Sea
    1. Resources from the sea
    2. Impact of humans on the marine environment
    3. Oceans and human affairs