Course Requirements : Biology 123
The Marine Biology of the Sea of Cortez in
Bahia de los Angeles, Baja California, Mexico.
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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): Wells, R.A. Course Guide, Biology 123.

Lecture: The lecture notes are published only by a copy store off campus. More information on purchasing the lecture notes is provided at the first class meeting. YOU MUST HAVE THE NOTES BY THE SECOND CLASS MEETING. It is best to keep a notebook of the standard 3 ring loose-leaf type. There will be hand-outs to be included with your lecture notes throughout the semester.

Attendance: This class is a field study that takes place at the Estacion del Mar de Cortez in Bahia de los Angeles, Baja California. Students must apply through the International Studies procedures: a travel contract covering non-teaching related expenses must be arranged with the travel contractor in order to participate. Permission to participate by the instructor is required by the travel contractor, The American Institute for Foreign Studies. Attendance is recorded daily. 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.

Field Studies. Students are required to participate in all field studies during the course. A serviceable diving mask, snorkel and fins are required equipment are required for field studies.


Examinations: Two examinations are given based on lecture material and field observations and projects. Each exam is worth one-third of the final grade.
Field Projects: Eight separated field projects are undertaken during the course. Recorded observations, and data treatment and analysis are graded and account for one-third of the final grade.
Reading: Reading assignments are assigned at the beginning of the course and during the course as appropriate to the field observations/studies opportunities which vary from year to year..
Field Studies: Field studies are not a part of this course but it is recommended that students wishing to participate in this course take Biology 11A,B and C. This is NOT a requirement and participation in the course is not contingent upon having taken these courses. There are no prerequisite or co-requisite courses for Biology 123.

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 (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.