Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Marine Biology

 Title Abbreviation:   MARINE BIOLOGY

 Department:    BIOL

 Course #:    205

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    6

 CIP:    260101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Introduction to marine organisms and the environment in which they live. Special emphasis is given to the species found in the Pacific Northwest. Field trips may be required. Lab included.


Prerequisite: ENGL 099 with a grade of "C" or higher (or placement into college-level English); and either placement into OR co-enrollment in OR completion of a college-level Math course with a grade of "C" or higher.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 44

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
OTHER Undergraduate Marine Biology Community Colleges
U of W X

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify common marine organisms found in Pacific Northwest waters.
  2. Describe different marine environments and the types of organisms associated with them.
  3. Describe the life histories of major marine organism groups.
  4. Discuss various cultural uses of marine resources.
  5. Recognize the ecological relationships between different marine species.
  6. Work with others in laboratory group work.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Marine environments
  2. Tides and currents
  3. Plankton, Nekton, and Benthos
  4. Algae and marine plants
  5. Sponges
  6. Cnidarians and Ctenophores
  7. Flat and segmented worms
  8. Arthropods
  9. Molluscs
  10. Echinoderms and Urochordates
  11. Fishes
  12. Mammals, birds, and reptiles
  13. Humanity's impact on the marine environment.