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Marine Biology

The B.S. degree in Marine Biology provides students with the opportunity to learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory and field courses with a core curriculum in Marine Biology. Student research is emphasized throughout the program. The program has faculty actively involved in a wide range of disciplines, including marine ecology, behavioral ecology, marine mammalogy, marine pollution, crustacean physiology, marine phycology. The location of the University provides students with a "natural laboratory" that includes extensive marine habitat, rainforest, wetlands, and ice fields all within walking distance of the classrooms. A small student-to-professor ratio ensures a more personal approach to learning than is possible at larger universities.

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Bachelor of Science: Marine Biology

Bachelor degree programs are typically 120 credits (four years), and are designed to prepare students for employment or graduate school in their chosen field.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Candidates must complete the General Education Requirements (GERs) as well as the specific program requirements listed below for a minimum of 120 credit hours.

Courses in a degree program may be counted only once. Courses used to fulfill the major requirements cannot be used to fulfill the GERs. Specific requirements for GERs in Marine Biology are listed below. The degree must include 48 credits of upper-division (300 or above) courses, 24 of which must be completed at UAS.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements46
Marine Biology Core Classes11
Biology Electives6
General Electives21

General Education Requirements

Must include:

MATHS251Calculus I4
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4

Major Requirements

BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS310Animal Physiology4
BIOLS362Genetics4
BIOLS482Evolution4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
CHEMS341Organic Chemistry4
CHEMS342Biochemistry4
STATS273Elementary Statistics3

select both

PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4

or both

PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4

Select three from the following courses (11-12 credits total):

BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS401Phycology4
BIOLS415Physiology of Marine Animals4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4

Biology Electives

Select from the following (6 credits total):

BIOLS239Intro to Plant Biology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS355Experimental Design and Data Analysis4
BIOLS375Current Topics in Biology**2
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS396Field Studies*1-6
BIOLS398Research*1-3
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS492Biology Seminar**1
BIOLS498Research*1-6
ENVSS414Biogeochemistry3
ENVSS415Biogeography & Landscape3

* Up to 6 credits total from BIOL 396/398/498 may be applied

** Only 4 credits from BIOL S375 and 2 credits from BIOL S492 may be applied toward the Biology electives. Others may be applied toward general electives.

General Electives

To include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree.

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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BIOL Classes: Fall - 2015


Fundamental principles of biology focusing on human biology, ecology and the environment. Laboratory sessions include field trips, experiments, demonstrations, and discussion of contemporary biological topics. For non-majors; cannot be used to fulfill requirement for biology majors.

Corequisite: MATH 105.

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78607TD1Kitty Labounty
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
5:30p - 6:30p
8/31 - 12/12

Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start/ to get started in your distance class. Order books from MBS Direct.

Tuition and fees: $805 (additional charges may apply)

The physical environment peculiar to the North and important in determining the biological setting: major ecosystem concepts to develop an appreciation for land use and wildlife management problems in both terrestrial and aquatic situations. May not be used as biology elective credit for a major in Biology. BIOL 104 fulfills a Natural Science General Education Requirement.

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79686K01Barbara Morgan
ROBT115
Tue, Thu
9:00a - 11:50a
8/31 - 10/9
ROBT115
Tue, Thu
9:00a - 11:50a
10/19 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $830 (additional charges may apply)

Introduction to basic principles of cell biology and evolution. Topics include cell structure, metabolism, and genetics.

Corequisite: MATH S105.

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77585J01
EG112
Mon, Wed, Fri
10:20a - 11:20a
8/31 - 12/12
AD314
Wednesday
4:30p - 7:30p
8/31 - 12/12

Stacked with BIOL 105-J02, J03, and J04.

Tuition and fees: $835 (additional charges may apply)

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77586J03
EG112
Mon, Wed, Fri
10:20a - 11:20a
8/31 - 12/12
AD314
Thursday
12:00p - 3:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Stacked with BIOL 105-J01, J02, and J04.

Tuition and fees: $835 (additional charges may apply)

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77587J02
AD314
Thursday
8:00a - 11:00a
8/31 - 12/12
EG112
Mon, Wed, Fri
10:20a - 11:20a
8/31 - 12/12

Stacked with BIOL 105-J01, J03, and J04.

Tuition and fees: $835 (additional charges may apply)

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77620J04
EG112
Mon, Wed, Fri
10:20a - 11:20a
8/31 - 12/12
AD314
Friday
1:10p - 4:10p
8/31 - 12/12

Stacked with BIOL 105-J01, J02, and J03.

Tuition and fees: $835 (additional charges may apply)

Introduces human structure and function. The integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems are covered. Recommended for health science students.

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77435K01Christopher Donar
PAUL305
Mon, Wed
4:30p - 5:50p
8/31 - 12/12
PAUL301
Thursday
4:30p - 7:20p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $830 (additional charges may apply)

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78608TD1Marnie Chapman
DISTELIVE
Tue, Thu
12:00p - 1:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Lab/Material Fee $50.00 Qualification for ENGL 111 highly recommended. Oriented toward health science students. Students participate in real time online meetings as scheduled or may choose to listen to recorded sessions on their own (with instructor permission). Lab sessions and supplemental sessions TBA. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with instructor via Email, internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800.478.6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start to get started in your distance class. Course is a stacked hybrid class with local students. Students participate in real time online meetings as scheduled.

Tuition and fees: $810 (additional charges may apply)

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78609TD2Marnie Chapman
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Lab/Material Fee $50.00 Qualification for ENGL 111 highly recommended. Oriented toward health science students. Students participate in real time online meetings as scheduled or may choose to listen to recorded sessions on their own (with instructor permission). Lab sessions and supplemental sessions TBA. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with instructor via Email, internet, and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800.478.6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $810 (additional charges may apply)

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78614TD3Marnie Chapman
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $810 (additional charges may apply)

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78615TD4Deborah Barnett
DISTELIVE
Mon, Wed
7:00p - 8:30p
8/31 - 12/12

Lab/Material Fee $50.00 Qualification for ENGL 111 highly recommended. Oriented toward health science students. Students participate in real time online meetings as scheduled or may choose to listen to recorded sessions on their own (with instructor permission). Lab sessions and supplemental sessions TBA. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with instructor via Email, internet, and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800.478.6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $810 (additional charges may apply)

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79571T01Marnie Chapman
SC124
Tue, Thu
12:00p - 1:00p
8/31 - 12/12
SC124
Tue, Thu
2:00p - 3:30p
8/31 - 12/12

Lab/Material Fee $50 This local Sitka course is a stacked hybrid class with e-learning students. Qualification for ENGL 111 highly recommended. Oriented toward health science students. Students participate in real time online meetings as scheduled or may choose to listen to recorded sessions on their own (with instructor permission). Lab sessions and supplemental sessions TBA. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with instructor via Email, internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800.478.6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $810 (additional charges may apply)

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79840K02Christopher Donar
PAUL301
Friday
10:30a - 1:20p
8/31 - 12/12
PAUL305
Mon, Wed
4:30p - 5:50p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $830 (additional charges may apply)

Introduces human structure and function. The integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems are covered. Recommended for health science students.

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77588J01Heidi Pearson
AD204
Tue, Thu
9:45a - 11:15a
8/31 - 12/12
AD314
Tuesday
3:15p - 6:15p
8/31 - 12/12

Stacked with BIOL S111-J02.

Tuition and fees: $835 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77589J02Heidi Pearson
AD204
Tue, Thu
9:45a - 11:15a
8/31 - 12/12
AD314
Tuesday
6:30p - 9:30p
8/31 - 12/12

Stacked with BIOL S111-J01.

Tuition and fees: $835 (additional charges may apply)

Continuation of BIOL 111. Endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems are covered. Recommended for health science students.

Prerequisite: BIOL 111 (C- or better) or permission.

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78616TD1Jon Martin
DISTELIVE
Tue, Thu
6:00p - 7:30p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $810 (additional charges may apply)

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78619TD2Jon Martin
DISTELIVE
Tue, Thu
6:00p - 7:30p
8/31 - 12/12

Lab/Material Fee $50.00 Web based, online meetings. Students are required to attend all Elluminate sessions. Additional Lab sessions TBA. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone (MS ppt and Word), digital camera (can be provided by UAS), and the internet. Contact with instructor via Email and the internet. Additional information 800.478.6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm.

Tuition and fees: $810 (additional charges may apply)

A fall symposium of lectures as part of the annual Sitka WhaleFest: A Celebration of Marine Wildlife. Marine scientists will present current research findings on topics focused on marine life around the Pacific Rim, with an emphasis on marine mammals. To pass, students must attend an introductory class (can be in class, by audio or web), all symposium lectures, daily follow-up discussions with invited researchers, participate in a marine wildlife viewing cruise, and provide written summaries of the lectures by the end of the semester. Students must be registered for the Sitka WhaleFest.

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78640T01Janice Straley
SITKA
Thu, Fri, Sat
11/5 - 11/7

May be repeated for credit when content differs.

Tuition and fees: $190 (additional charges may apply)

Molecular techniques offer unique opportunities to investigate population, individual and ecological questions about marine mammals. This course will consist of a series of lectures with topic related laboratory work.

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79842T01Kitty Labounty
SITKA
Mon - Thu
1:00p - 5:00p
11/2 - 11/5

Students will learn the basics of DNA extraction, Polymerase chain reaction, and gel electrophoresis through hands-on laboratory work. Students will use specific primers on whale skin and tissue samples for sexing and DNA extraction from fecal samples for prey assessment to address real research questions. Lectures will focus on how the results of the applied molecular techniques can be incorporated into ecological and population studies of marine mammals. Specifically, how these tools are used to study the population structure and foraging ecology of North Pacific Humpback whales.

Tuition and fees: $189 (additional charges may apply)

An introduction to the major characteristics of ocean ecosystems and the organisms that inhabit them. Includes physical, chemical, and biological principles that affect marine biodiversity.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and BIOL S106.

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77590J01Carolyn Bergstrom
AD203
Mon, Wed, Fri
9:10a - 10:10a
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

Structure, function, ecology, and evolutionary patterns of the major groups of plants.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and BIOL S106.

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77621J01Johanna Fagen
AD204
Mon, Wed, Fri
8:00a - 9:00a
8/31 - 12/12
AD314
Monday
1:10p - 4:10p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $835 (additional charges may apply)

General introductory microbiology with emphasis on microorganisms as disease causing agents. Fundamentals of microbial biology and diversity including host microbe interactions and epidemiology. Not accepted for Biology major credit. Recommended for health science students.

Prerequisite: 8 credits in biology or chemistry. BIOL S112 and CHEM S104 recommended.

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78641TD1Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:30p
8/31 - 12/12

Lab Pak $317.00 Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start/ to get started in your distance class. Lab sessions via distance. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with instructor via Email, internet, and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800.478.6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm.

Tuition and fees: $760 (additional charges may apply)

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78651TD2Amanda Smith
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
4:00p - 6:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Lab Pak $317.00 Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start/ to get started in your distance class. Lab sessions via distance. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with instructor via Email, Internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800.478.6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.ht m.

Tuition and fees: $760 (additional charges may apply)

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78719TD3Kitty Labounty
DISTELIVE
Thursday
5:30p - 7:30p
8/31 - 12/12

Lab Pak $317.00 Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start/ to get started in your distance class. Lab sessions via distance. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with instructor via Email, Internet and Phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800.478.6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm.

Tuition and fees: $760 (additional charges may apply)

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78793TD4Kitty Labounty
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
5:30p - 7:30p
8/31 - 12/12

Lab Pak $317.00 Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start/ to get started in your distance class. Lab sessions via distance. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with instructor via Email, Internet and Phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800.478.6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm.

Tuition and fees: $760 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 310
4 CR

Chemical and physical principles underlying living processes, and the integration of these principles into the physiology of cells and whole organisms. Three hours lab per week required.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and S106, CHEM S105 and S106, and MATH S151.

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77592J01Sherry Tamone
AD314
Tuesday
9:45a - 12:45p
8/31 - 12/12
AD204
Mon, Wed, Fri
10:20a - 11:20a
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $995 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 362
4 CR

Principles of inheritance; physiochemical properties of genetic systems.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and 106, CHEM 106, and MATH 151.

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77593J01David Tallmon
AD203
Mon, Wed, Fri
12:00p - 1:00p
8/31 - 12/12
AD203
Tuesday
1:15p - 4:15p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $995 (additional charges may apply)

Discussion of a book or series of papers on a current topic in biology. Students will lead discussions and be graded on both their presentation and their participation in discussions. May be repeated.

Prerequisite: Completion of 3 science credits.

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77595J01Heidi Pearson
AD204
Thursday
12:00p - 2:00p
8/31 - 12/12
SITKA
Sun, Fri, Sat
8:00a - 11:00p
11/6 - 11/8

Students will read and discuss published papers by marine mammal biologists and will be required to attend Whale Fest in Sitka in November (www.sitkawhalefest.org website for more information). Course fees will cover basic travel costs.

Tuition and fees: $1010 (additional charges may apply)

Discussion of a book or series of papers on a current topic in biology. Students will lead discussions and be graded on both their presentation and their participation in discussions. May be repeated.

Prerequisite: Completion of 3 science credits.

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80012J02Keith Cox Ii
AD203
Thursday
2:20p - 4:20p
8/31 - 12/12

Explores what metabolism is and how it is important in the life history traits of organisms, how it changes with regards to external and internal signals, and how the combination allow organisms to live or soetimes die. The topic will be explored from a historical and current content. Literature will include books and peer reviewed manuscripts.

Tuition and fees: $460 (additional charges may apply)

An integration of physiological concepts with ecology and evolution to examine how organisms adapt within a diversity of marine environments including the intertidal, subtidal, and the deep sea. Emphasizes the biochemical adaptations within the processes of respiration, osmoregulation, thermoregulation, and metabolism of marine invertebrates, fishes, and marine mammals.

Prerequisite: BIOL S310.

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77622J01Sherry Tamone
AD204
Tue, Fri
1:15p - 2:45p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $690 (additional charges may apply)

Major groups of fishes, emphasizing the fishes of northwestern North America. Classification, structure, evolution, general biology and importance to man of the major groups.

Prerequisites: BIOL S105 and S106.

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77597J01Carolyn Bergstrom
AD204
Mon, Wed, Fri
12:00p - 1:00p
8/31 - 12/12
AD314
Wednesday
1:10p - 4:10p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $995 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 480
3 CR

Discusses all major kinds of marine pollution including oil, heavy metals, organic wastes, pulp mill effluent, PCBs, pesticides, ocean dumping, radioactive wastes, thermal pollution, marine litter and noise pollution. Effects on biological systems are emphasized. Some consideration given to legal aspects.

Prerequisite: BIOL S271 and CHEM S106.

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77623J01Michael Stekoll
AD203
Mon, Wed, Fri
10:20a - 11:20a
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $690 (additional charges may apply)

Individual research in the biological sciences undertaken by a student in consultation with a member of the Biology program faculty. Students may submit research ideas to faculty and develop them into a project with faculty input.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105, S106, and BIOL S271, and faculty permission via signed Instructor Approval Form.

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77600J02Heidi Pearson
ARR
8/31 - 12/12

Prerequisite: Requires a signed Special Course Contract form with registration. Available for 1 to 6 credits, to be determined at time of registration.

Tuition and fees: $690 (additional charges may apply)

Individual research in the biological sciences undertaken by a student in consultation with a member of the Biology program faculty. Students may submit research ideas to faculty and develop them into a project with faculty input.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105, S106, and BIOL S271, and faculty permission via signed Instructor Approval Form.

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77599J01Heidi Pearson
ARR
8/31 - 12/12

Prerequisite: Requires a signed Special Course Contract form with registration. Available for 1 to 6 credits, to be determined at time of registration.

Tuition and fees: $920 (additional charges may apply)

Individual research in the biological sciences undertaken by a student in consultation with a member of the Biology program faculty. Students may submit research ideas to faculty and develop them into a project with faculty input.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105, S106, and BIOL S271, and faculty permission via signed Instructor Approval Form.

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77601J03David Tallmon
ARR
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $460 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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