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Marine Biology

The B.S. degree in Marine Biology provides students with the opportunity to learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory and field courses with a core curriculum in Marine Biology. Student research is emphasized throughout the program. The program has faculty actively involved in a wide range of disciplines, including marine ecology, behavioral ecology, marine mammalogy, marine pollution, crustacean physiology, marine phycology. The location of the University provides students with a "natural laboratory" that includes extensive marine habitat, rainforest, wetlands, and ice fields all within walking distance of the classrooms. A small student-to-professor ratio ensures a more personal approach to learning than is possible at larger universities.

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Bachelor of Science: Marine Biology

Bachelor degree programs are designed to prepare students for employment, or graduate school, in their chosen field.

Typically a bachelor degree program is 120 credits (four years).

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Candidates must complete the General Education Requirements (GERs) as well as the specific program requirements listed below for a minimum of 120 credit hours.

Courses in a degree program may be counted only once. Courses used to fulfill the major requirements cannot be used to fulfill the GERs. Specific requirements for GERs in Marine Biology are listed below. The degree must include 48 credits of upper-division (300 or above) courses, 24 of which must be completed at UAS.

Minimum Credit Hours
120
General Education Requirements
36
Must include:
MATHS200Calculus I4
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4
Major Requirements
46
BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS310Animal Physiology4
BIOLS362Genetics4
BIOLS482Evolution4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
CHEMS341Organic and Biological Chemistry I4
CHEMS342Organic and Biological Chemistry II4
STATS273Elementary Statistics3
select both
PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4
or both
PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4
Marine Biology Core Classes
11
Select from the following courses (11-12 credits total):
BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology3
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS401Phycology4
BIOLS415Physiology of Marine Animals4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
Biology Electives
6
Select from the following (6 credits total):
BIOLS239Intro to Plant Biology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS355Experimental Design and Data Analysis4
BIOLS375Current Topics in Biology**2
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS396Field Studies*1-6
BIOLS398Research*1-3
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS492Biology Seminar**1
BIOLS498Research*1-6
ENVSS414Biogeochemistry3
ENVSS415Biogeography & Landscape3
* up to 6 credits total from BIOL 396/398/498 may be applied
**only 4 credits from BIOL S375 and 2 credits from BIOL S492 may be applied toward the Biology electives. Others may be applied toward general electives.
General Electives
21
To include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree.

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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BIOL Classes: Spring - 2015


Fundamental principles of biology focusing on human biology, ecology and the environment. Laboratory sessions include field trips, experiments, demonstrations, and discussion of contemporary biological topics. For non-majors; cannot be used to fulfill requirement for biology majors.

Corequisite: MATH 105.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37363J01Johanna Fagen
EG114
Mon, Wed, Fri
9:10a - 10:10a
1/12 - 5/2
AD314
Thursday
11:30a - 2:30p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

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39064TD1Kitty Labounty
DISTWEB
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $801 (additional charges may apply)

The physical environment peculiar to the North and important in determining the biological setting: major ecosystem concepts to develop an appreciation for land use and wildlife management problems in both terrestrial and aquatic situations. May not be used as biology elective credit for a major in Biology. BIOL 104 fulfills a Natural Science General Education Requirement.

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39065T01Kitty Labounty
SC215
Mon, Wed
5:30p - 7:00p
1/12 - 5/2

This local Sitka course is a stacked hybrid class with E-learning students. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone, the internet, and a digital camera. The Sitka Campus has digital cameras for check-out if needed. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800-478-3552. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $761 (additional charges may apply)

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39066TD1Kitty Labounty
DISTELIVE
Mon, Wed
5:30p - 7:00p
1/12 - 5/2

This local Sitka course is a stacked hybrid class with E-learning students. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone, the Internet and a digital camera. The Sitka Campus has digital cameras for check-out if needed. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800-478-3552. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: http://directmbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $801 (additional charges may apply)

Continuation of basic principles of anatomy and physiology of plants and animals. Evolution, behavior, ecology, and groups of plants and animals.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105. Corequisite: MATH S107.

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37365J01Carolyn Bergstrom
AD314
Tuesday
11:30a - 2:30p
1/12 - 5/2
AD204
Mon, Wed, Fri
10:20a - 11:20a
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

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37366J02Carolyn Bergstrom
AD204
Mon, Wed, Fri
10:20a - 11:20a
1/12 - 5/2
AD314
Tuesday
3:00p - 6:00p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

Introduces human structure and function. The integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems are covered. Recommended for health science students.

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39038TD1Jon Martin
DISTELIVE
Tue, Thu
6:00p - 7:30p
1/12 - 5/2

Lab/Material Fee $75 Prerequisite: Qualification for ENGL 111 highly recommended. Oriented toward health science students. Students participate in real time online meetings as scheduled and attendance is required. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone, headphones, MS Power-Point, MS Word, and the Internet. Contact with instructor via Email, Internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: Go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.ht m. Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $831 (additional charges may apply)

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39039TD2Jon Martin
DISTELIVE
Tue, Thu
6:00p - 7:30p
1/12 - 5/2

Lab/Material Fee $75 Prerequisite: Qualification for ENGL 111 highly recommended. Oriented toward health science students. Students participate in real time online meetings as scheduled and attendance is required. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone, headphones, MS PowerPoint, MS Word, and the Internet. Contact with instructor via Email, Internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $831 (additional charges may apply)

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39040TD3Jon Martin
DISTELIVE
Tue, Thu
6:00p - 7:30p
1/12 - 5/2

Lab/Material Fee $75 Prerequisite: Qualification for ENGL 111 highly recommended. Oriented toward health science students. Students participate in real time online meetings as scheduled and attendance is required. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone, headphones, MS Power-Point, MS Word and the Internet. Contact with instructor via Email, Internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $831 (additional charges may apply)

Continuation of BIOL 111. Endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems are covered. Recommended for health science students.

Prerequisite: BIOL 111 (C- or better) or permission.

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37367J01Heidi Pearson
AD203
Wed, Fri
11:30a - 1:00p
1/12 - 5/2
AD314
Thursday
2:45p - 5:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

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39060TD1Marnie Chapman
DISTELIVE
Mon, Wed
12:00p - 1:00p
1/12 - 5/2

Lab/Material Fee $75 Web based, online meetings. Students may choose to listen to recorded sessions on their own (with instructor permission), or participate in real time online meetings. Additional Lab sessions TBA. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone, and the internet. Contact with instructor via Email and the Internet. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $831 (additional charges may apply)

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39061TD2Marnie Chapman
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:00p
1/12 - 5/2

Lab/Material Fee $75 Web based, online meetings. Students may choose to listen to recorded sessions on their own (with instructor permission), or participate in real time online meetings. Additional Lab sessions TBA. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone, and the internet. Contact with instructor via Email and the Internet. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $831 (additional charges may apply)

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39062TD3Marnie Chapman
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:00p
1/12 - 5/2

Lab/Material Fee $75 Web based, online meetings. Students may choose to listen to recorded sessions on their own (with instructor permission), or participate in real time online meetings. Additional Lab sessions TBA. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone, and the internet. Contact with instructor via Email and the Internet. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $831 (additional charges may apply)

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39193K01Christopher Donar
PAUL305
Monday
4:30p - 7:20p
1/12 - 5/2
PAUL301
Wednesday
4:30p - 7:20p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $786 (additional charges may apply)

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39672J02Heidi Pearson
AD203
Wed, Fri
11:30a - 1:00p
1/12 - 5/2
AD314
Thursday
6:00p - 9:00p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

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40204T02Kitty Labounty
SC
Thursday
5:30p - 7:00p
3/5 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $179 (additional charges may apply)

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40205TD1Kitty Labounty
DISTELIVE
Thursday
5:30p - 7:00p
3/5 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $219 (additional charges may apply)

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39241T01Kitty Labounty
SC124
Mon, Wed
2:40p - 5:00p
1/12 - 5/2

This course is a research based lab class focusing on the use of molecular tools to answer locally relevant ecological questions.

Tuition and fees: $358 (additional charges may apply)

General introductory microbiology with emphasis on microorganisms as disease causing agents. Fundamentals of microbial biology and diversity including host microbe interactions and epidemiology. Not accepted for Biology major credit. Recommended for health science students.

Prerequisite: 8 credits in biology or chemistry. BIOL S112 and CHEM S104 recommended.

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37368J01Keith Cox Ii
AD204
Mon, Wed, Fri
8:00a - 9:00a
1/12 - 5/2
AD314
Monday
11:30a - 2:30p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

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39069TD1Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:30p
1/12 - 5/2

Lab/Material Fee $270 Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your distance class. Lab sessions via distance. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to computer with a microphone and the Internet. Contact with instructor via Email, Internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm.

Tuition and fees: $771 (additional charges may apply)

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39073TD2Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:30p
1/12 - 5/2

Lab/Material Fee $270 Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your distance class. Lab sessions via distance. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the Internet. Contact with instructor via Email, Internet, and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm.

Tuition and fees: $771 (additional charges may apply)

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39074TD3Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Thursday
4:00p - 6:30p
1/12 - 5/2

Lab/Material Fee $270 Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your distance class. Lab sessions via distance. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the Internet. Contact with instructor via Email, Internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm.

Tuition and fees: $771 (additional charges may apply)

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39194K01Christopher Donar
PAUL305
Mon, Wed
9:00a - 10:20a
1/12 - 5/2
PAUL301
Friday
10:30a - 1:20p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $786 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 271
4 CR

Overview of the principles of ecology with emphasis on the organism, population, community, ecosystem and biome levels. Aspects of the physical environment are included in the organismal ecology discussions. Laboratory sessions mainly are field exercises in biological sampling and analyses.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and either BIOL S106 or ENVS S101. Corequisite: STAT S273.

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37369J01Johanna Fagen
AD204
Mon, Wed
11:30a - 1:00p
1/12 - 5/2
AD314
Monday
2:45p - 5:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

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37370J02Johanna Fagen
AD204
Mon, Wed
11:30a - 1:00p
1/12 - 5/2
AD314
Friday
1:10p - 4:10p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

Design and analysis of manipulative and observational research projects, with an emphasis on practical aspects of experimental design and collection of samples in field environments. Includes lectures, field and lab exercises exploring the nature of data, common design challenges, application of standard univariate statistics, analysis of variance, regression and analysis of covariance, and analysis of categorical data. Also explored are issues in scientific ethics, research animal welfare, scientific writing, and data presentation.

Prerequisite: STAT S273 and upper division standing.

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37392J01Carolyn Bergstrom
AD204
Monday
3:00p - 6:00p
1/12 - 5/2
AD204
Tue, Thu
6:00p - 7:30p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $904 (additional charges may apply)

Explores the rise in industrial byproducts that disrupt normal endocrine activity among animals and humans and their roles in increasing rates of a variety of ills, including cancers, reproductive abnormalities, and cognitive impairment. The course will focus on reading and discussion of Sheldon Krimsky's book, Hormonal Chaos: The scientific and Social Origins of the Environmental Endocrine Hypothesis, as well as articles from the primary literature in preparation for weekly discussions.

Prerequisite: Completion of 3 science credits.

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37373J01Susan Kendig
AD204
Thursday
11:30a - 1:30p
1/12 - 5/2

Prerequisite: Instructor approval required to register.

Tuition and fees: $432 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 384
4 CR

The evolution and classification of marine mammals will be presented as a framework for understanding their adaptations, physiology, anatomy, behavior, ecology, reproduction, and mating systems. Current research techniques and conservation issues will also be reviewed. Students will write and present a paper on a special topic. Two field trips (dates TBA).

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and S106, and BIOL S271. BIOL S215 recommended.

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37393J01Heidi Pearson
AD314
Wednesday
3:00p - 6:00p
1/12 - 5/2
AD204
Mon, Wed, Fri
9:10a - 10:10a
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $904 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 401
4 CR

Survey of freshwater and marine algae with emphasis on Alaskan species. Topics include: taxonomy, physiology, life histories, and ecology of the algae. Four hours lab per week required. Ecology (BIOL 239) is recommended before taking this course.

Prerequisites: BIOL S105 and S106. .

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37394J01
AD314
Tue, Thu
8:00a - 11:00a
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $904 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 482
4 CR

Entails in-depth study of the mechanisms of evolution. The roles of genetic variation, natural selection, and adaptation in speciation and other evolutionary processes will be examined in an historical context. Competing schools of thought from the era of "The Origin of the Species" to recent advances in molecular evolution will be considered.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and S106; Co-requisite: BIOL S362.

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37376J01David Tallmon
AD204
Tuesday
11:30a - 2:30p
1/12 - 5/2
AD203
Mon, Wed
1:15p - 2:45p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $904 (additional charges may apply)

Individual research in the biological sciences undertaken by a student in consultation with a member of the Biology program faculty. Students may submit research ideas to faculty and develop them into a project with faculty input.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105, S106, and BIOL S271, and faculty permission via signed Instructor Approval Form.

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40318J03David Tallmon
ARR
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $432 (additional charges may apply)

Individual research in the biological sciences undertaken by a student in consultation with a member of the Biology program faculty. Students may submit research ideas to faculty and develop them into a project with faculty input.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105, S106, and BIOL S271, and faculty permission via signed Instructor Approval Form.

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37378J01David Tallmon
ARR
1/12 - 5/2

Requires a signed Special Course Contract form with registration. Contact your advisor to arrange research criteria.

Tuition and fees: $432 (additional charges may apply)

Individual research in the biological sciences undertaken by a student in consultation with a member of the Biology program faculty. Students may submit research ideas to faculty and develop them into a project with faculty input.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105, S106, and BIOL S271, and faculty permission via signed Instructor Approval Form.

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40317J02Michael Stekoll
ARR
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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