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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: Spring - 2016


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.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
35995J01Johanna Fagen
EG218
Mon, Wed, Fri
9:10a - 10:10a
1/11 - 4/30
AD314
Thursday
3:15p - 6:15p
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $800 (additional charges may apply)

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37713TD1Kitty Labounty
DISTWEB
1/11 - 4/30

Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $825 (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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37714T01Kitty Labounty
SC230
Mon, Wed
5:30p - 7:00p
1/11 - 4/30

This local Sitka course is a stacked hybrid class with e-learning students. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

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

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37720TD1Kitty Labounty
DISTELIVE
Mon, Wed
5:30p - 7:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Students must have access to a computer with a microphone, the internet, and a camera. Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

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

Continuation of basic principles of anatomy and physiology of plants and animals. Evolution, behavior, ecology, and groups of plants and animals.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105. Corequisite: MATH S151.

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35996J01Sherry Tamone
AD204
Mon, Wed, Fri
10:20a - 11:20a
1/11 - 4/30
AD314
Monday
11:30a - 2:30p
1/11 - 4/30

Stacked with BIOL S106-J02.

Tuition and fees: $800 (additional charges may apply)

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35997J02Sherry Tamone
AD314
Thursday
8:00a - 11:00a
1/11 - 4/30
AD204
Mon, Wed, Fri
10:20a - 11:20a
1/11 - 4/30

Stacked with BIOL S106-J01.

Tuition and fees: $800 (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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37723TD1Jon Martin
DISTELIVE
Tue, Thu
6:00p - 7:30p
1/11 - 4/30

Lab/Material Fee $90. Prerequisite: Qualification for ENGL 111 is highly recommended. Oriented toward health science students. Students participate in real time online meetings and asynchronous recorded lectures as scheduled; attendance is encouraged for live lectures. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone, headphones, MS Power-Point, MS Word and the internet. Contact with the instructor via e-mail, internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $850 (additional charges may apply)

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37975TD2Jon Martin
DISTELIVE
Tue, Thu
6:00p - 7:30p
1/11 - 4/30

Lab/Material Fee $90. Prerequisite: Qualification for ENGL 111 highly recommended. Oriented toward health science students. Students participate in real time online meetings as scheduled and attendance is required. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone, headphones, MS Power-Point, MS Word and the internet. Contact with instructor via e-mail, Internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

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

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37976TD3Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Mon, Wed
4:00p - 6:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Lab/Material Fee $90. Prerequisite: Qualification for ENGL 111 highly recommended. Oriented toward health science students. Students participate in real time online meetings as scheduled and attendance is required. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone, headphones, MS Power-Point, MS Word, and the internet. Contact with instructor via e-mail, internet and websote www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Oder books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $850 (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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35998J01Susan Kendig
AD314
Tuesday
11:30a - 2:30p
1/11 - 4/30
AD204
Tue, Thu
3:00p - 4:30p
1/11 - 4/30

Stacked with BIOL S112-J02.

Tuition and fees: $800 (additional charges may apply)

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35999J02Susan Kendig
AD204
Tue, Thu
3:00p - 4:30p
1/11 - 4/30
AD314
Thursday
6:30p - 9:30p
1/11 - 4/30

Stacked with BIOL S112-J01.

Tuition and fees: $800 (additional charges may apply)

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37977TD1Marnie Chapman
DISTELIVE
Tue, Thu
12:00p - 1:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Lab/Material Fee $90. Web based, online meetings. Students may choose to listen to recorded sessions on their own (with instructor permission), or participate in real time online meetings. Additional Lab sessions TBA. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with instructor via e-mail and the internet. Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska/edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $850 (additional charges may apply)

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37978TD2Marnie Chapman
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Lab/Material Fee $90. Web based, online meetings. Students may choose to listen to recorded sessions on their own (with instructor permission), or participate in real time online meetings. Additional Lab sessions TBA. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with instructor via e-mail and the internet. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/onlinle or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $850 (additional charges may apply)

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37979TD3Marnie Chapman
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Lab/Material Fee $90. Web based, online meetings. Students may choose to listen to recorded sessions on their own (with instructor permission), or participate in real time online meetings. Additional Lab sessions TBA. Students must have access to a microphone and the internet. Contact with instructor via e-mail and the internet. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started with your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $850 (additional charges may apply)

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38463K01Christopher Donar
PAUL305
Mon, Wed
4:30p - 5:50p
1/11 - 4/30
PAUL301
Thursday
4:30p - 7:20p
1/11 - 4/30

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

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38778T01Marnie Chapman
SC124
Tue, Thu
2:00p - 3:30p
1/11 - 4/30
SC230
Tue, Thu
12:00p - 1:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Lab/Material Fee $90. This local Sitka course is a stacked hybrid class with e-learning 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 the instructor via e-mail and the internet. Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $850 (additional charges may apply)

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38116T01Kitty Labounty
SC230
Thursday
5:30p - 7:00p
2/25 - 4/30

This course is designed to introduce students to the flora of southeastern and south central Alaska. Focus will be on identification of common species and attaining an understanding of their ecological requirements, interaction with other species and human use of plants. Students will particpate in weekly lectures and written exercises or check for understanding activities. No prerequisites. Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct.

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

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38118TD1Kitty Labounty
DISTELIVE
Thursday
5:30p - 7:00p
2/25 - 4/30

This course is designed to introduce students to the flora of southeastern and south central Alaska. Focus will be on identification of common species and attaining an understanding of their ecological requirements, interaction with other species and human use of plants. Students will participate in weekly lectures and written exercises or check for understanding activities. No prerequisites. Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

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

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38305T91Janice Straley
OT
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $190 (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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36000J01Keith Cox Ii
AD204
Mon, Wed, Fri
8:00a - 9:00a
1/11 - 4/30
AD309
Friday
10:20a - 1:20p
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $800 (additional charges may apply)

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37985TD1Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:30p
1/11 - 4/30

Lab Paq $317. 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 e-mail, internet and phone. Additional information at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Order Lab Paq from holscience.com. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $825 (additional charges may apply)

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37986TD2Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:30p
1/11 - 4/30

Lab Paq $317. 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 e-mail, internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Order Lab Paq from holscience.com. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $825 (additional charges may apply)

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37987TD3Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:30p
1/11 - 4/30

Lab Pak $317. 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 the instructor via e-mail, internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Order Lab Paq from holscience.com. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $825 (additional charges may apply)

This course focuses on the ecology of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests; endangered and invasive species; conservation biology; climate change; and marine policy and management. Field activities include observation of flora and fauna by snorkeling in marine habitats, tide pool exploration, coastal hikes, and examination of marine reserves. Travel to tropical sites is a required course component.

Prerequisite: Completion of one biology course and instructor permission required. BIOL S105 and S106 recommended.

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39007J01Heidi Pearson
AD203
Friday
8:00a - 9:00a
4/1 - 4/22
AD203
Monday
8:00a - 9:00a
5/2 - 5/2
FIELDOVERNIGHT
All Week
8:00a - 11:00p
5/4 - 5/12

Tuition and fees: $950 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
39008JD1Heidi Pearson
DISTAUDIO
Friday
8:00a - 9:00a
4/1 - 4/22
DISTAUDIO
Monday
8:00a - 9:00a
5/2 - 5/2
FIELDOVERNIGHT
All Week
8:00a - 11:00p
5/4 - 5/12

Section requirement: Requires travel to Ponce, Puerto Rico. Students will be responsible for paying for their own airfare to and from Ponce, Puerto Rico. This course meets pas the end of the spring 2016 term. The final project is due 5/13/2016. Requires access to a computer with a Pentium 2 or better processor, Internet and e-mail. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for class information and to edit your personal profile. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252.

Tuition and fees: $950 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 271
4 CR

Overview of the principles of ecology with emphasis on the organism, population, community, ecosystem and biome levels. Aspects of the physical environment are included in the organismal ecology discussions. Laboratory sessions mainly are field exercises in biological sampling and analyses.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and either BIOL S106 or ENVS S101. Corequisite: STAT S273.

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36001J01Johanna Fagen
AD204
Mon, Wed, Fri
12:00p - 1:00p
1/11 - 4/30
AD314
Thursday
12:00p - 3:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Stacked with BIOL S271-J02.

Tuition and fees: $800 (additional charges may apply)

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36002J02Johanna Fagen
AD204
Mon, Wed, Fri
12:00p - 1:00p
1/11 - 4/30
AD314
Friday
1:10p - 4:10p
1/11 - 4/30

Stacked with BIOL S271-J01.

Tuition and fees: $800 (additional charges may apply)

Structure, function, classification, evolution and life histories of invertebrate animals. Marine invertebrates are emphasized.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and BIOL S106.

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37708J01Ginny Eckert
AD314
Tuesday
8:00a - 11:00a
1/11 - 4/30
AD203
Tue, Thu
11:30a - 1:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $920 (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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37710J01Carolyn Bergstrom
AD204
Tuesday
11:00a - 1:00p
1/11 - 4/30

A reading and discussion course that will explore historical global patterns of biodiversity and extinction, the human role in current extinction events, and potential outcomes.

Tuition and fees: $500 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 384
4 CR

The evolution and classification of marine mammals will be presented as a framework for understanding their adaptations, physiology, anatomy, behavior, ecology, reproduction, and mating systems. Current research techniques and conservation issues will also be reviewed. Students will write and present a paper on a special topic. Two field trips (dates TBA).

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and S106, and BIOL S271. BIOL S215 recommended.

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36005J01Heidi Pearson
AD314
Monday
3:00p - 6:00p
1/11 - 4/30
AD203
Mon, Wed, Fri
12:00p - 1:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $960 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 481
4 CR

In-depth study of the paradigms regarding the distribution and abundance of marine organisms including analysis and discussion of current primary literature. Major emphasis on how physical-biological interactions structure populations, communities, and ecosystems in the oceans. Students will complete a research project.

Prerequisite: BIOL S215, BIOL S271, and STAT S273.

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37712J01Carolyn Bergstrom
AD203
Mon, Wed, Fri
9:10a - 10:10a
1/11 - 4/30
AD314
Tuesday
3:15p - 6:15p
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $960 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 482
4 CR

Entails in-depth study of the mechanisms of evolution. The roles of genetic variation, natural selection, and adaptation in speciation and other evolutionary processes will be examined in an historical context. Competing schools of thought from the era of "The Origin of the Species" to recent advances in molecular evolution will be considered.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and S106; Co-requisite: BIOL S362.

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36007J01David Tallmon
AD204
Tue, Thu
1:15p - 2:45p
1/11 - 4/30
AD203
Thursday
3:00p - 6:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $960 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 492
1 CR

Provides students with first-hand accounts of current research in the biological sciences. Seminar speakers will present research results in a variety of subdisciplines, and students will discuss the significance with presenters and instructor. May be repeated.

Prerequisite: BIOL S106.

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37717J01Carolyn Bergstrom
AD204
Thursday
12:00p - 1:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $230 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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