The below are the marine science concentration courses offered. Additional background course work at the introductory level in biology, math, chemistry, and physics is required. See BA in Marine Science for details.
CAS ES 144 Oceanography. Examines the physical, chemical, and biological processes by which the oceans serve as an agentto accelerate or moderate the pace of global change. Dynamic nature of the oceans on both a short- and a long-term scale is emphasized. Fulweiler. 4 credits, 1st semester.
CAS BI 260 Marine Biology. Prereq: CAS BI 107 and CAS BI 108 or consent of instructor. Life in the marine environment: its ecology, evolution, and human impacts. Includes behavioral, physiological, structural, ecological, and evolutionary perspectives. Atema. 4 credits, 2nd semester.
CAS ES/BI 423 Marine Biogeochemistry. Prereq: CAS CH 101 and CAS CH 102, BUMP Semester or CAS ES 144, or consent of instructor. Oceanic nutrient and biogeochemical cycling in the context of the marine response to global change. Links between local and global scales are emphasized. Topics include oceanic productivity, iron limitation, and oceanic glacial-interglacial biogeochemistry. Fulweiler. 4 credits, 2nd semester.
CAS ES/GE 507 Dynamical Oceanography. Prereq: CAS MA 124 or MA 127, and CAS PY 211. Introduction to the physical ocean system. Physical properties of seawater; essential ocean dynamics; mixing and stirring in the ocean; simple waves; observed current systems and water masses; and couple atmosphere-ocean variability. Anderson. 4 credits, 2nd semester.
CAS ES 331 Sedimentology. Prereq: CAS ES 202 and ES 101 or 105, or consent of instructor. Properties and classification of clastic and carbonate sediments and sedimentary rock; processes that form, transport, and deposit sediments; environments of deposition; diagenesis; methods of analysis. Occasional field trips. FitzGerald. 4 credits, 1st semester.
CAS ES 440 Marine Geology. Prereq: CAS ES 302 and consent of instructor. Examines the evolution of ocean basins and marginal seas, changes in structure and composition of ocean basin throughout the last billion years and the contribution of oceanic geological processes to the chemistry and biochemistry of earth. Murray. 4 credits, 2nd semester.
CAS ES 541 Coastal Processes. Prereq: ES 331 or consent of instructor. Shorelines as functions of tidal and wave energy; onshore, offshore, and along-shore sediment transport from theoretical and empirical viewpoints; barrier island, backbarrier and tidal inlet morphology and processes; wave dynamics; tides. FitzGerald. 4 credits, 2nd semester, alternate years.
CAS BI 468 Marine Microbial Ecology. Survery of the diversity of marine bacteria, algae, protozoa, fungi, and metazoa. Focus on fundamental role of their communities in the flow of materials and energy through aquatic ecosystems from Arctic to deep sea vents. Laboratory exercises examine the theory and application of methodological advances in the area of field microbial ecology. Taught as part of the Marine Semester. Golubic. 4 credits, 1st semester. [Not Offered 2014/2015]
CAS BI/GE 523 Marine Urban Ecology. Prereq: Admission to the Marine Semester. Marine Urban Ecology is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that aims to understand how human and ecological processes can coexist in human-dominated systems. This course will explore topics, ecosystems, and organisms associated with urbanization in the Greater Boston Area. Taught as part of the Marine Semester. Rotjan. 4 credits, 1st semester.
CAS BI 531 Ichthyology: Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution of Fish. Prereq: CAS BI 260. A comprehensive introduction to fish biology and systematics. Emphasis on phylogenetic relationships, ecology, and behavior. Labs include morphological studies of specimens and behavioral studies of live fish. This course is a prerequiste for the field course, CAS BI 532. Taught as part of the Marine Semester. Lobel. 4 credits, 1st semester.
CAS BI 532 Field Biology of Belize Coral Reefs: Expeditionary Icthyology. Prereq: CAS BI 532 or consent of instructor and director. Builds on the basic ichthyology course, from which students apply their knowledge to the in-depth study of fishes in the wild. Focus on students’ independent research projects. Primarily snorkling, scuba optional. Taught in Belize, Central America. Taught as part of the Marine Semester. Lobel. 4 credits, 1st semester.
CAS BI 536 Molecular Ecology and Evolution. Prereq: CAS BI 107 and CAS BI 108 and CAS BI 206. An exploration of the application of modern molecular genetic techniques in the study of ecology. Topics include molecular markers, biogeography, dispersal, mating systems, genetic diversity, biological diversity, speciation genetics, and conservation genetics. Taught as part of the Marine Semester. Staff. 4 credits, 1st semester. [Not Offered 2014/2015]
CAS BI/ES 539 Coral Reef Dynamics. PPrereq: admission to the Marine Semester. Tropical reefs- diverse, complex and ancient- exhibit lawful cycles of growth, degradation and regeneration. Explore these through observations on the Belize Barrier Reef, in fossil reef environments, and laboratory experiments. Apply insights to reef conservation. Taught as part of the Marine Semester. Kaufman4 credits, 1st semester.
CAS ES 543 Estauries and Nearshore Systems. Prereq: ES 331 or ES 440 or ES 541. Physical and and ecological processes interacting in estuarine and nearshore environments, including salt marshes, beaches, lagoons, deltas, and in wave- and tide-dominated regimes. Lectures complemented by extensive field work orientated toward individual and group research projects. Taught as part of the Marine Semester. Fagherazzi. 4 credits, 1st semester.
CAS BI 546 Marine Megafaunal Ecology: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Surrounding Waters. Prereq: BI 260 and MA 213. Marine macrofauna: whales, seals, seabirds, fishes, turtles, jellies an people in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Evolution, food webs, and distributional ecology; physical and human influences on foraging and movement behavior. Student research builds ecosystem-based science for Sanctuary management. Taught as part of the Marine Semester. Kaufman. 4 credits, 1st semester.
CAS BI 547 Marine Invertebrates of the New England Coast. Lecture and laboratory course which examines the origin and evolution of marine invertebrates using traditional methods based largely on anatomical and ecological criteria, as well as the latest molecular methods. Taught as part of the Marine Semester. Finnerty. 4 credits, 1st semester.
CAS BI 550 Marine Genomics. Prereq: admission to Marine Semester. Covers the evolution of genomes, the architecture of gene networks, and the connection between genotype and phenotype in marine organisms, as well as the technical development of modern genomics. Student research projects utilize modern genomics experimental approaches. Taught as part of the Marine Semester. Finnerty. 4 credits, 1st semester.
CAS ES 557 Oceanography of Stellwagen Bank. Prereq: ES 144 or admission to Marine Semester. This course is for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students interested in oceanography, marine biogeochemistry, and the relationships between how physical variables such as bathymetry of the seafloor and the physics of seawater are related to biogeochemical parameters such as nutrient (C, N, P, Si) distributions.
CAS BI/ES 558 Coastal Biogeochemistry. Prereq: CH 101 & 102, ES 144 or admission to Marine Semester. Examines coastal energy flow and nutrient cycling in the context of human impacts. Links between local and global scales are emphasized. Class is part of Marine Semester and will involve field and laboratory work. Taught as part of the Marine Semester. Fulweiler. 4 credits, 1st semester.
CAS BI 563 Sensory Biology. Fundamentals of sensory biology with focus on chemical signals. Principles of physics, chemistry, and statistics describe signal noise distributions. Chemical stimuli from the perspective of the animal and its receptor cells and organs. Taught as part of the Marine Semester. Atema. 4 credits, 1st semester.
CAS BI 569 Tropical Marine Invertebrates. Prereq: admission to Marine Semester. Explores the diversity of marine invertebrates, including body plans, feeding biology, reproductive strategies, and developmental programs. Field biodiversity and behavioral studies in shallow water tropical marine environments, especially seagrass beds and mangrove. Finnerty. 4 credits, 1st semester.
CAS GE/BI 578 Marine Geographic Information Science. Prereq: BI 260 and ES 144. MA 213 strongly recommended. Introduction to marine geographic information systems and spatial analysis for conservation management, and marine landscape ecology. Comparative examples from Gulf of Maine and the tropics. Solve problems in coastal zoning and marine park design, whale and coral reef conservation. Taught as part of the Marine Semester.Lagueux. 4 credits, 1st semester.
CAS MR 491/492 Undergraduate Research in Marine Science. Prereq: junior or senior standing. Research in marine science for students at the junior or senior level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member. Research topic must be defined at the time of registration. Course grade to be determined by performance and written report. Staff. 2 or 4 credits, either semester.
Note: MR 491 may be taken for concentration credit once per Marine Semester. MR 491/492 may otherwise be taken for elective credit only.