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  • First a brief description and below the extended catalog version.
  • BioE 159/159L Marine Ecology Field Quarter is a course that combines 4 modules including a field component into a quarter-long lecture-field course that is split between UCSC campus and a field station. The course is offered every other year. Students are not allowed to concurrently enroll in any other courses. Biology 159 “Marine Biology Field Quarter integrates 4 courses (159A, 159B, 159C and 159D) into a quarter-long lecture-field course that is split between UCSC campus and a field station. Students are required to take all the courses, totaling 19 credits, in what essentially would be an immersion study. The lecture and lab courses that comprise Biology 159 are:
  1. Fish Biology (5 credits)
  2. Temperate and Sub-Tropical Marine Ecology (5 credits)
  3. Field Ecology (5 credits) 
  4. Field Ecology Lab (4 credits)
  • The intent of this course (the combined sequence of 5 courses) is to provide a quarter of ecological and biological immersion for very motivated students. The structure of the course (19 units – no other classes) was designed to provide a quarter’s worth of credit (so that students did not get behind), and limit distraction from other courses. Why field classes? – The involvement in field research in the marine environment is amenable to this sort of course. The relative isolation of field sites will cause the students to concentrate more completely on their studies. In addition, both Bernardi and Raimondi have experience working subtidally in the field, – so the logistic constraints and benefits of working there are known.
  • the course catalog reads as follows
  • 159 course catalog:

    BIOE 159A

    Marine Ecology Field Quarter: Marine Ecology With Laboratory

    Upper Division

    5 Units

    Total immersion in marine ecology for very motivated students. BIOE 159A, 159B, 159C, and 159D must be taken concurrently. Students develop a research project during first five weeks on campus and then spend five weeks of immersion in directed research without distraction in isolated locations off campus (past locations include the Gulf of California in Mexico and Moorea in French Polynesia). Not available through University Extension. No other courses may be taken during this quarter. Students must sign a contract agreeing to standards of behavior outlined in the UCSC Rule Book and by the instructors. Students are billed a materials, transportation (not airfare), and room and board fee. Paradigms and designs in marine ecology. A review of the paradigms that have shaped our understanding of marine ecology and analysis and discussion of experiments with these paradigms. Students carry out a complete research project, including the formation of hypotheses; the design and implementation of experiments; the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; and the write-up and oral presentation of results. Admission by interview during previous winter quarter. BIOE 159A, 159B, 159C, and 159D are equivalent to BIOE 127, 127L, 108, and 158L for major requirements. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, BIOE 20C;  Students are required to either SCUBA dive or snorkel/skin dive for the concurrent 159 courses. For those who intend to SCUBA dive, Bioe 75 (Scientific Diving) or the equivalent AAUS Scientific Diving certification is a prerequisite. Note that several SCUBA courses are prerequisites to Bioe75.  Visit http://www2.ucsc.edu/sci-diving/ to learn about the schedule of these courses and the physical exam options. For those who intend to snorkel/skin dive, UCSC Skin Diving certification is a prerequisite. Visit http://www2.ucsc.edu/sci-diving/ to learn about the schedule of these courses and the physical exam options.  Enrollment limited to 30. Offered in alternate academic years. (General Education Code(s): DC)

     

    BIOE 159B

    Marine Ecology Field Quarter: Ichthyology With Laboratory

    Upper Division

    5 Units

    An introduction to the biology of jawless, cartilaginous, and bony fishes—their classification, evolution, form, physiology, and ecology. Admission by interview during previous winter quarter. BIOE 159A, 159B, 159C, and 159D must be taken concurrently. BIOE 159A, 159B, 159C, and 159D are equivalent to BIOE 127, 127L, 108, and 158L for major requirements. Enrollment limited to 26. Offered in alternate academic years.

     

    BIOE 159C

    Marine Ecology Field Quarter: Methods In Field Ecology

    Upper Division

    5 Units

    Students learn quantitative methods for field experiments and surveys. Emphasis will be on marine environments, but there will also be exposure to terrestrial systems. This is the lecture component to course 159D. BIOE 159A, 159B, 159C, and 159D must be taken concurrently. No text is required for this course; instead, readings from the current literature will be assigned. Students are evaluated on written independent field project proposals and class participation. Admission by interview during previous winter quarter. BIOE 159A, 159B, 159C, and 159D are equivalent to BIOE 127, 127L, 108, and 158L for major requirements. Students are required to either SCUBA dive or snorkel/skin dive for the concurrent 159 courses. For those who intend to SCUBA dive, Bioe 75 (Scientific Diving) or the equivalent AAUS Scientific Diving certification is a prerequisite. Note that several SCUBA courses are prerequisites to Bioe75.  Visit http://www2.ucsc.edu/sci-diving/ to learn about the schedule of these courses and the physical exam options. For those who intend to snorkel/skin dive, UCSC Skin Diving certification is a prerequisite. Visit http://www2.ucsc.edu/sci-diving/ to learn about the schedule of these courses and the physical exam options. Enrollment limited to 30. Offered in alternate academic years.

     

    BIOE 159D

    Marine Ecology Field Quarter: Methods In Field Ecology Laboratory

    Upper Division

    5 Units

    This is the laboratory portion of course 159C. Students carry out independent field projects under the supervision of course instructors. All work is done during the 5–6 week off-campus portion of course 159. BIOE 159A, 159B, 159C, and 159D must be taken concurrently. Students are evaluated on field techniques, the final write-up of their independent field projects, and class participation. Admission by interview during previous winter quarter. BIOE 159A, 159B, 159C, and 159D are equivalent to BIOE 127, 127L, 108, and 158L for major requirements. Students are required to either SCUBA dive or snorkel/skin dive for the concurrent 159 courses. For those who intend to SCUBA dive, Bioe 75 (Scientific Diving) or the equivalent AAUS Scientific Diving certification is a prerequisite. Note that several SCUBA courses are prerequisites to Bioe75.  Visit http://www2.ucsc.edu/sci-diving/ to learn about the schedule of these courses and the physical exam options. For those who intend to snorkel/skin dive, UCSC Skin Diving certification is a prerequisite. Visit http://www2.ucsc.edu/sci-diving/ to learn about the schedule of these courses and the physical exam options. Enrollment limited to 30. Offered in alternate academic years.