Course Requirements
Marine Biology: The Marine Biology of the Punta Banda,
Baja California, Mexico
(Biology 11C)
(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 Wetlands of the Punta Banda, Baja California, Mexico. Cost included in the course travel fee. Internet access is required to complete the exercises.

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 marsh and tidal mudflats, exposed and protected sandy beach communities. 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 exercises in the Course Guide. Internet access is required to complete the exercises.

Other Field Studies: Other field studies that may be of interest to you are Oceanography 14 (Lab and Field Studies in Marine Biology), Biology 11A (short field study courses), and Oceanography 2 (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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