Marine Biodiversity

Winter 2021
Spring 2021
Class Size: 50
Credits per quarter
Variable Credit Options Available

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Taught by

ecology, vertebrate biology
marine science, zoology, ecophysiology

This program focuses on learning the identity and evolutionary relationships of marine organisms. Marine environments support an extremely diverse group of autotrophic and heterotrophic organisms, which together comprise an important fraction of Earth’s biodiversity. The proximity of Evergreen's campus to various marine habitats provides excellent opportunities to study many diverse groups of organisms. Emphasis will be placed on learning the regional marine flora and fauna and the program will cover some ecology and animal behavior to inform our understanding of biodiversity. In Winter quarter, we will focus on invertebrates, fishes, and marine birds. In Spring quarter, we will continue to study invertebrates and add marine botany and the study of marine mammals.

Students will learn fundamental laboratory and field techniques including the use of available microscopy facilities (light and scanning electron microscopes). Workshops on the statistical analysis of biodiversity will provide a quantitative aspect to our work. Day field trips in Winter and Spring will support student learning by exposing students to marine biodiversity beyond the local area. Students will be expected to design and carry out a final project in Spring quarter that ties into program themes and makes use of the lab, field and microscopy skills learned in class and incorporates a significant quantitative element.

Students can take this program in Winter quarter for either 14 or 16 credits. The 14-credit option will include all of the learning and activities described above. The 16-credit option will include a multi-day field trip to the Friday Harbor Laboratories, a marine lab on San Juan Island, Washington.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

marine science, conservation biology, environmental science, and other life sciences


Credits per quarter
Variable Credit Options Available

Variable Credit Options:

14-credit option; includes all of the learning opportunities discussed in the description- Winter Only

16-credit option; includes all of the learning opportunities discussed in the description plus a 4-night field trip to the Friday Harbor Laboratories


Two quarters (8 credits) of college-level general biology with labs, and one quarter (4 credits) of college-level general chemistry with lab. 

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

$95 fee in Winter quarter for entrance fees and field trips. Students enrolled in the 16-credit program also have a $370 fee to cover a 4-night field trip.  $50 fee for all students in Spring to cover a whale watching trip. 

Upper division science credit:

32 or 30 upper division science credits are available to students who meet all program expectations including good attendance and participation in class activities, submitting work on time, and meeting all the objectives of the class assignments

Class Standing: Junior–Senior
Class Size: 50

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Monday, January 4, 2021 - 9:00 am
Purce Hall 3 - Lecture

Located in: Olympia