Coral Reefs: Ecology and Entrepreneurial Endeavors

Fall 2017
Class Size: 50
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Dion Gouws square
strategic planning, business management and entrepreneurship, accounting
marine science, zoology, ecophysiology

Coral reef ecosystems are the among the most biodiverse locations on our planet and also support many different business opportunities. These are highly valued ecosystems in many tropical parts of the world, but they face a suite of different threats to their continued healthy existence. We will examine the biology and ecology of coral reef ecosystems and explore the possibilities for entrepreneurs to develop sustainable business endeavors. We will learn about business strategies and career opportunities associated with coral reefs, sustainable development of ecotourism and objectives of environmental management. Lectures will cover topics such as the biodiversity of coral reefs, ocean acidification, strategic business planning, licensing, etc. Weekly seminars will focus on the interactions of humans and coral reefs, including ecotourism, coral reef restoration, threats due to climate change, etc. In labs and workshops, students will have opportunities to learn practical skills such as water quality monitoring. Students will undertake organized group projects to develop business plans linked with some aspect of ecotourism, coral reef restoration or scientific research on coral reefs. We will discuss how the skills and knowledge gained in this program can transfer to other ecosystems and other sustainable entrepreneurial endeavors.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

marine biology, restoration ecology, business, and ecotourism.


Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.

Upper division science credit:

Students with a year of college biology and a year of college chemistry, up to eight upper division science credits are possible.  Contact faculty for more information.

Class Standing: Junior–Senior
Class Size: 50

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

2017-05-01New fall opportunity added.