Fall semester courses provide students with a strong foundation for subsequent portions of the program. The curriculum provides a broad understanding of important biological, ecological, and experimental principles, illustrated with the marine plants, animals, and ecosystems found in New England.
An extensive field trip to Quoddy Head in Cobscook on the Maine coast provides students with the opportunity to observe the variation in New England marine habitats. The Marine Science Center’s proximity to Boston-area universities, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and other research facilities allows students to take advantage of some of the East Coast’s leading resources in the field.
Courses at the Marine Science Center include:
BIOL 5503/5504 Marine Invertebrate Zoology & Lab 5 cr.
Introduction to the morphology, systematics, life history, ecology, and physiology of marine invertebrates. Includes lectures, field trips to a variety of habitats, and local dredging trips to obtain invertebrates. In lab, functional morphology and identification will be emphasized
Faculty: Dr. Robert Haney
BIOL 5501/5502 Marine Botany & Lab 5 cr.
Structure, evolution, and ecology of marine algae and plants. Lectures include unique features of the major taxonomic groups and their ecological roles, relationships to other plants, and economic importance of marine algae and plants. Field trips are habitat oriented (e.g. exposed and protected intertidal, subtidal, coastal, salt marsh). In lab, structure and identification will be emphasized.
Faculty: Dr. Donald Cheney
ENVR 5516/5517 Oceanography & Lab 5 cr.
Provides an integrated overview of physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes operating in the world ocean. Examines how new technologies have allowed stunning insights into global weather and climate, the deep sea, biodiversity, and how the biogeochemistry of the oceans can be measured and understood. This approach, which views the ocean as a “system of systems”, will prepare students for further coursework in marine science, including the emerging discipline of global change.
Faculty: Dr. Mark Patterson and Dr. Justin Ries
BIOL 5521/5522 Experimental Design in Marine Ecology & Lab 5 cr.
Provides the ecological theory and tools necessary for the proper design of ecological experiments and their analysis, using the rocky intertidal zone as a model system. Focuses on experimental design tailored for analysis of variance (ANOVA). Principles of design and analysis will be illustrated with several short and long term class experiments conducted in the rocky intertidal zone.
Faculty: Dr. David Kimbro
BIOL 5589 Diving Research Methods 2 cr.
A field oriented course designed to introduce students, who are certified SCUBA divers, to current underwater research techniques used in the study of the biology, ecology, and physiology of subtidal marine organisms. Upon successful completion of course students are certified as Scientific Divers by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).
Faculty: Liz Bentley