Welcome to Marine Biology!
This course provides an introduction to marine organisms and the physical and biological processes that affect them. The course begins with an investigation into the geologic processes behind the formation of ocean basins, the causes and maintenance of currents and ocean circulation, and the physical factors influencing primary productivity in marine environments. The course then transitions into an exploration of various marine organisms, as well as the physiological adaptations these organisms have to the marine environment. Overall, the emphasis is on the physical factors behind the formation and maintenance of marine ecosystems, and the complex biological interactions therein.
The first semester focuses on various aspects of oceanography: water chemistry, plate tectonics, sediments, ocean and atmospheric circulation, waves, tides, coastal processes, estuaries & nutrient cycles, and marine bacteria. The second semester will focus on marine biology: plankton, algae, plants, animals. Students will participate in a variety of learning experiences, including laboratory experiments, discussions, field trips, projects, independent research, and appropriate use of community resources.
Here is everything you’ll need to know to get started in this class:
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