Instructor: Brian Lynch
Office Hours: 10-11am M, W, F
Class Hours: M, W, F, (1-1:55)
Lab Hours: Thur. (11-2, 2-5)
Description: This course introduces the major concepts and principles of
Marine Biology. The importance of marine conservation,
biodiversity, taxonomy, and marine resource management will
also be discussed.
Grading Policy: A 90%-100%
F 59% or less
Grades will be based on 4 tests, several quizzes, a midterm
exam and a final exam.
Tests 400 pts.
Quizes 100 pts.
Midterm exam 75 pts.
Final exam 200 pts.
Total 800 pts. (approximately)
Attendance: Students are expected to attend all lectures and tests. Upon acquisition of a seventh absence, the student will be dropped from the course.
Labs: Students are expected to participate in all lab activities. It is strongly recommended that all students bring a mask for labs that require field trips to the ocean.
Tentative Course Schedule:
Week 1 Introduction to marine biology.
Week 2 Marine Food webs and ecology
Week 3 Kingdoms Monera, Protista, Fungi.
Week 4 Marine plant biology.
Week 5 Biology and ecology of marine invertebrates.
Week 6 Invertebrates cont. Marine sponges.
Week 7 The Cnidarians (corals, anemones, and jelly fish)
Week 8 Corals cont.
Week 9 Phyla Platyhelminthes and Annelida.
Week 10 Phylum Mollusca
Week 11 Arthropoda
Week 12 Echinodermata
Week 13 Marine Fishes
Week 14 Marine Reptiles and Mammals
Week 15 Pollution, overfishing, and other marine issues.
Week 16 Review. Final exam
Required Text: Webber and Thurman. 1991. Marine Biology. Harper Collins