Course Requirements
Marine Ecology: The Rocky Intertidal Environment of the Punta Banda,
Baja California, Mexico
(Biology 11B)
(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: The Marine Biology of the Rocky Intertidal Environment of the Punta Banda, Baja California, Mexico. Cost included in the course travel fee. A supplementary CD with exercises is also included.

Course Organization: The on-campus class meeting is a morning lecture, brief break, followed by a laboratory session. The second meeting of the class is at an alternative meeting site in Baja California, Mexico. Students examine several study sites including different examples of rocky intertidal communities. The effect of development of the intertidal environment will also be examined. The ecology of fishes, invertebrates and birds are included in topics of study. Travel fees are paid through the Pierce College Associated Students Organization and include hotel accommodations and travel insurance. 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 ; and (3) a score of at least 75% on the field quizzes given at the end of each day of field study.

Reading: Course Guide. You are expected to read all of the assignments and complete supplementary exercises provided on a CD.

Other Field Studies: Other field studies that may be of interest to you are Biology 122 (Lab and Field Studies in Marine Biology), Biology 11A (short field study courses), 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-W 9:30-11:00 AM; M 1:00-2:00 PM, Th 1:00 -2:00 PM or by appointment. I can be reached at 818/710-4285, or email (best) at pcmsusa@hotmail.com. 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 who need accommodations are encouraged to contact the instructor. Special Services is available to facilitate the reasonable accommodation process. The Special Services office is located in the Administration Building, Room 1024 and can be reached at (818) 719-6430.