Are you interested in sharks? Whales? Killer jellies? Dolphins? Jobs? Then this is the class
In this course, we cover the history of Marine Biology as well as the geology of the
sea floor and how that relates to habitat. We also survey the living marine environment
from the microscopic plankton to the larger, more familiar creatures. We discuss the
importance, location, behavior and contribution of algae and invertebrates (animals
without backbones) as well as the well-known vertebrates such as the sharks, fish, sea
turtles, sea birds and whales.
Even though we have no ocean outside the classroom door, you will get to observe the
organisms in video and also many of these both alive and preserved in the laboratory
setting. We will also discuss some of the current challenges facing the ocean ecosystem
such as over- fishing, pollution, ocean warming and acidification.
BIO145 has no prerequisites and is designed for the non-major. However, many
Biology majors find this an interesting elective. It satisfies the SG requirement for a lab
science at ASU.
Here are some quotes from former students:
"I have spent a lot of time at the ocean. Now, instead of seeing it as a playground, I see it
as a world waiting to be discovered."
"I did not realize how much life is in the ocean. I look at it differently knowing that even
the smallest things, like plankton, serve a purpose."
" I loved this class! I honestly wish I had more time in it. I am keeping my book and
notes so that it will all stick with me."
A survey of Marine environments and their biotic communities with emphasis on the
natural history of marine organisms.
Course Attribute(s): General Education Designation: Natural Sciences (General) - [SG]