Marine Biodiversity (remote/in-person*)

Winter 2021
Spring 2021
Junior - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
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This program focuses on learning the identity and evolutionary relationships of marine organisms and marine conservation biology. Marine environments support an extremely diverse group of autotrophic and heterotrophic organisms, which together comprise an important fraction of Earth’s biodiversity. In Winter quarter we will focus on invertebrate biology, marine botany, conservation biology, and marine paleontology.  In Spring quarter, we will continue to study marine conservation and paleontology and add the biology and behavior of marine vertebrates, including fishes, birds, and mammals.

Winter quarter will be completely remote. We will use online resources like video transects and virtual dives on the Great Barrier Reef and some at-home lab exercises to familiarize students with marine habitats and organisms. Students will attend Zoom lectures, workshops, and seminars and weekly, short presentations by students will offer opportunities to focus on the conservation biology or paleontology of particular species or ecological communities.

*In Spring, we will engage with a series of Marine Conservation Case Studies to deepen our understanding of key conservation efforts in the marine environment. Students doing the in-person option in the program will work in the field and the lab, taking advantage of the Evergreen beach and Aquarium Lab. They will learn field techniques, practice identification of invertebrates and vertebrates, and do hands-on work that supports their learning around the biology of marine organisms. Students doing the remote-only option in the program will use a variety of online and other electronic resources including aquarium webcams, photo-quadrats, and virtual dives to practice organism identification skills, some field skills, and formal techniques in the observation and recording of animal behaviors. All students will be expected to design and carry out a final project in Spring quarter that ties into program themes and makes use of the skills and concepts learned in class.

To successfully complete this program students need access to a computer and reliable internet. Students should expect to spend 8-10 hours per week in synchronous meetings using Zoom, Canvas, and shared document platforms such as Google Docs.



Two quarters (8 credits) of college-level general biology with labs, and one quarter (4 credits) of college-level general chemistry with lab. 

Winter 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16): 20042
Spring 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16): 30017

Academic details

Preparatory For

marine science, conservation biology, environmental science, and other life sciences

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$50 fee in winter for a lab kit and $100 fee in spring for a field kit. Kits will be mailed to students. 

Upper Division Science Credit

32 upper division science credits are available to students who meet all program expectations including good attendance and participation in class activities, submitting work on time, and meeting all the objectives of the class assignments


In Person or Remote
Remote (W)
Hybrid (S)
Time Offered
Schedule Evergreen link
see Schedule Evergreen for detailed schedule

First Meeting

DateRevision 2020-11-09 This program is now closed to new students in spring quarter 2020-11-03 Student fees revised for winter and spring