Marine Biology Lab & Field Studies
Biology 122 - Spring 2017
Dr. Raymond Wells


Your grade for this course will be based upon the following: (1) completion of laboratory assignments; (2) quizzes; (3) participation in field studies; (4) field research and paper; (5) participation on one R/V Yellowfin research cruise and completion of cruise data sheets and summary; and (6) compilation of a field notebook with two (2) entries from each field trip.

Grade breakdown is as follows & grades assigned by the % of possible points as follows: A = 90%, B = 80%, C = 70%, D = 60%
Quizzes 130; Worksheets 120
Intertidal Research Project 60
R/V Yellowfin cruise data sheets and participation 40
Field Notebook (5 entries @ 10 pts each) 50
Total Possible Points 400

Required Books and Materials
1 - Wells, Marine Biology Laboratory and Field Studies. Published locally, more information at first class meeting.
2 - New field identification text. Hinton, Southern California Marine Life - in Pierce College Bookstore
3 - composition book, quadrille lined, for field and laboratory data
4 - pencils for field notes and lab exercises

Attendance : Attendance is recorded each class meeting. 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 and to keep up with the class regardless of absence, excused or otherwise. After the number of hours of non-excused absences exeeds that of the hours the class meets per week that student may be excluded from the class.

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.

Rules of Student Conduct: College Catalogue

Biology 122 Learning Objectives

1. Understand which of the different shipboard sampling techniques should be employed to characterize the different nearshore habitats off southern California and be able to use them to obtain accurate samples and readings.

2. Identify common marine organisms from selected marine communities examined in the field studies.

3. Demonstrate knowledge of the general anatomy and the structure and function of the features of marine plants, invertebrates and fishes.

4. Formulate hypotheses to test relationships among organisms and their distributions in a scientific sampling study.

Office Hours: MT 10:00 -11AM; T 12:45-1:00; W 4:00-6:00 PM; Th 12:45-1:00 PM- or email for appointment
Office: CFS 91073 I can be reached at (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.