Marine Biology Minor Summer & Autumn Courses 2011

Summer Courses

  • FISH/OCEAN/BIOL 250 – Intro to Marine Biology
  • BIOL 180 – Intro to Biology
  • BIOL 434 – Invert Zoology
  • Q Sci 381 – Probability and Statistics

Seattle Time Schedule

Still Spots in these Friday Harbor Labs Summer Courses (submit an application ASAP)

Summer A Term:
Marine Invertebrate Zoology
Ocean Acidification (probably)

Summer B Term:
Evolution & Development of the Metazoans
Marine Birds & Mammals
Marine Algae
Sustainable Agriculture & Conservation

If you’d like to apply for these now, please do ASAP. Here’s the application link,

Autumn Courses

  • FISH/OCEAN/BIOL 250 – Intro to Marine Biology
  • OCEAN 210 – Ocean Circulation
  • BIOL 180 – Intro to Biology
  • Q Sci 381 – Probability and Statistics
  • OCEAN 430 – Biological Oceaography
  • FISH 323 – Management and Conservation of Marine Resources
  • FISH 423 – Aquatic Invasion Ecology

Seattle Time Schedule

Autumn Friday Harbor Labs Programs

Rolling applications until July 1 (this deadline may be extended if programs don’t fill, check website).  Students live at the Labs on San Juan Island for fall quarter.  Ask me if you have questions about how apprenticeships can count for major and minor requirements – marbiol@

Marine Biology & Social Science Quarter

This quarter provides students with a panoramic cross-disciplinary narrative of current problems facing oceans and humans. The courses survey marine organisms and ecosystems, investigate how the oceans work and circulate, and explore current problems in the marine environment and the social groups involved in creating and solving these problems. No natural science background is required or recommended. For this program, these classes count for the MB minor:

  • Introduction to Marine Biology (OCEAN/BIOL/FISH 250)
  • Ocean Circulation (Ocean 210)
  • Biology of Fishes (FISH/BIOL 311)
  • Marine Biology Research Apprenticeship (BIOL/OCEAN/FISH 479)

Read about a student’s experience in the Marine Biology Quarter.

The Pelagic Ecosystem Function Apprenticeship (15 credits)

Students in this apprenticeship look at the complex physical-biological relationships in the open waters (pelagic ecosystem) around the San Juan Islands. Students build on the work of past apprenticeships, exploring the causes for abundance and distribution of pelagic marine life. This study is important because it tracks long-term changes in populations of plankton, fish, seabirds, and marine mammals in one of the areas judged most highly sensitive to climate change.

Read about a student’s experience in the Pelagic Ecosystem Functionn Apprenticeship.

 The Spatial Ecology of Salish Sea Benthos (15 credits)

Students in this apprenticeship will map and explore marine benthic (deep bottom) submarine canyon habitats. Using acoustical seafloor images, apprentices will quantify the benthos, the organisms living on the seafloor, and the substrate types, the earthy materials making up the seabed. Students will also explore techniques used to investigate marine benthic habitats and organisms such as seabed sampling, underwater video, still photographic sampling, acoustical images, remote sensing, and SCUBA sampling.