Course Requirements
Island Ecology: The Kelp Forests of Catalina Island
(Biology 11A)
(On line at www.pcmsusa.org - click on my name for homepage)


Instructor: Dr. Raymond Wells. I received my B.S. and M.S. in Biology from California State University, Northridge and my Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from the University of Southern California. My teaching and research emphases include the ecology or kelp forests, the rocky intertidal zone, Caribbean coral reefs, the Gulf of the Gulf of California in Mexico, and human ecology of the Veracruz, Mexico estuary. I have taught at Pierce College since 1983. We are proud at Pierce College to offer the most extensive marine biology and oceanography field program of any community college in California.

Books (required): Course Guide: Island Ecology: The Kelp Forests of Catalina Island. Available at the first class meeting.

Course Organization: The on-campus class meeting is a morning lecture, lunch break, and an afternoon laboratory session. The second meeting of the class is aboard the charter dive boat the Bottom Scratcher which transports students to Catalina Island and serves as a diving platform. Information regarding equipment, food and other preparation is discussed at the on-campus meeting.

Attendance: Attendance for the entire class meeting time for both dates is required. An absence either day will result in receiving a grade of No Credit. IF YOU FIND IT NECESSARY TO DROP THIS CLASS - IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DO SO FOLLOWING THE REGULAR ADMISSIONS AND RECORDS PROCEDURES. You are expected to be on time for the class meetings.
Grading: The grade for the course, either Credit or No Credit, is determined by the following criteria: (1) successful completion of the laboratory exercise and completeness of the information in the course guide; (2) participation in the field study of kelp forests; and (3) a score of at least 75% on the field quiz given at the end of the field study.

Reading: Course Guide. You are expected to read all of the assignments.

Travel arrangements, equipment and other information related to the field study is found on the "Information for Biology 11A Students" link.

Other Field Studies: Other field studies that may be of interest to you are Marine Biology 122 (Lab and Field Studies in Marine Biology), Biology 11B&C (short field study courses over two weekends during the semester), and Biology 123 (summer session - Marine Biology in Bahia de los Angeles, Baja California, Mexico). If you are interested in these courses please see me.

Office Hours: My office is CFS 91073, office hours are M, T, W 9:30 – 11:00 AM; Th 2:00 – 3:30 PM or by appointment. I can be reached at pcmsusa@hotmail.com (best) or 818/710-4285. I encourage you to come see me for help or discussion. If you are having difficulty please come see me before you fall behind.

Students with disabilities, whether physical, learning, of psychological, who believe that they need accommodations in this class, are encouraged to contact Special Services as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. Authorization, based on verification of disability, is required before any accommodation can be made. The phone number for Special Services is (818) 719-6430 and they are located in the new Student Services Building #4800.

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