Liberal Arts > Biology

General Information


I. Catalog Course Description

Introduces the plants, animals and microorganisms of the oceans with an emphasis on important marine ecosystems such as intertidal zones, estuaries and coral reefs.


II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Upon successful completion of BIOL 113 Life in the Oceans, (defined as a 75% course score or better) learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of key concepts, principles, themes, and major content areas needed to explain and solve Life in the Oceans-specific problems and/or issues. (GE #1);
  • Explain the difference between scientific vs. non-scientific ideas, and evaluate secondary sources of scientific information for evidence-based credibility and scientific accuracy (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain the fundamental concepts and theories associated with Life in the Oceans (GE #1);
  • Present accurate calculation and symbolic operations, and explain how such calculations and operations are used in either Life in the Oceans or in interpreting information in related oceanographic fields. (GE #1, #3).

III. Topics

All students will have a basic knowledge of the environment and inhabitants of the sea to include, at a minimum, Origin of the Oceans, The Sea Floor, Plate Tectonics, Chemical Features of Seawater, Winds and Currents, Waves and Tides, Climate Change, Marine ecology: Populations and Interactions and Energy flow and Trophic levels, Nutrient cycles, Ocean zones, Microbial organisms, Marine Invertebrates, Marine Vertebrates (cartilaginous and bony fish), Fisheries, and Marine Mammals.


Scheduled BIOL-113 classes:

Fall 2019