Marine Biology Minor

This minor requires at least 15 credits of 2000-level or above course work.

Required courses are: MARN 3014/EEB 3230; MARN 4010*

In addition, students must take at least three of the following courses**: MARN 3015/5015, 3017/5017, 3811, 5016; EEB 3250; MARN 3012/5012 or EEB 4275; MARN 3016/MCB 3636 or MARN 3030/5032; MARN 4018/5018 or EEB 4200. Students may use MARN 3893, 4893, 4895,4898, or other MARN courses towards one or more of these electives with prior approval of the Department Head.

* Students who have taken both MARN 2002 and 3001 may substitute these for MARN 4010

** Marine Sciences majors may use only one 2000-level or above MARN elective course to count for both the major and the Marine Biology minor.

A Plan of Study for the Minor in Marine Biology needs to be approved by an advisor in the Department of Marine Sciences and submitted to the Degree Audit Office during the first four weeks of the semester when the student expects to graduate. Details of this minor are given in the undergraduate catalog.

Substitutions are not allowed for courses in a minor.

Required Courses

MARN 3014/EEB 3230: Marine Biology

First semester (Storrs); second semester, alternate years (Avery Point). Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: One year of college laboratory biology. The study of the kinds and distributions of marine organisms. Particular attention is paid to biotic features of the oceans, organism-habitat and relationships and general ecological concepts influencing marine populations and communities. Field trips are required. A fee of $10 is charged for this course.

MARN 4010: Biological Oceanography*

Second semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: CHEM 1128Q; MATH 1132Q; PHYS 1202Q or equivalent; BIOL 1107 and 1108; or instructor consent. Structure and function of marine food webs, from primary producers to top trophic levels; interaction of marine organisms with the environment; energy and mass flow in food webs; elemental cycling; coupling between pelagic and benthic environments.

Course Electives (students must take at least 3 of the following courses**)

MARN 3015/5015: Molecular Approaches to Biological Oceanography

Three credits. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Recommended preparation: one of BIOL 1108, MARN 4010, MCB 3010. Principles and technology in nucleic acid purification and manipulation, DNA fingerprinting, gene cloning and sequencing, phylogenetic analysis, and detection of gene expression (mRNA and protein). Application examples in marine ecological studies.

MARN 3017/5017: Plankton Ecology

Three credits. Two 50-minute lectures and one 3-hour lab/recitation period. Prerequisites: MATH 1060Q or 1131Q; PHYS 1201Q or 1401Q; CHEM 1122 or equivalent; BIOL 1107 and 1108. Recommended preparation: MARN 1002. Consent of instructor for graduate students in lieu of requirements. Students who have passed both MARN 5014 and MARN 5016 cannot take this course for credit. Ecology of planktonic organisms (bacteria, protista and metazoa). The evolutionary ecology concept, methods of research, special features of aquatic habitats; adaptations to aquatic environments; population biology; predation, competition, life histories, community structure, and role of plankton in ecosystem metabolism.

MARN 3811: Seminar on Marine Mammals

Joint program with Mystic Marinelife Aquarium. Three credits. One 3-hour class period; one field trip. Offered at Mystic Marinelife Aquarium. Prerequisite: one year college laboratory biology and permission of instructor. Instructors from different areas of expertise discuss the natural history, evolution, anatomy, physiology, husbandry, and conservation of marine mammals. Current research is emphasized. (Special registration and fee: Contact Mystic Marinelife Aquarium, Mystic, CT 06355. 860-572-5955.)

MARN 5016: Marine Zooplankton

Three credits. Bioenergetics, life history, population and community ecology of zooplankton, and role of zooplankton in aquatic biogeochemical cycles.

EEB 3250: Biology of the Algae 

(Also offered as EEB 5250.) Four credits. Three lectures and one 4-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or 1110 or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher. Laboratory and field-oriented study of major groups of algae, emphasizing structure, function, evolution, systematics, and ecology.

MARN 3012: Marine Invertebrate Biology  or  EEB 4275: Invertebrate Zoology

MARN 3012: Three credits. Prerequisite: BIOL 1107 and 1108; Recommended preparation: MARN 1002 or 1003 or instructor consent. Comparative examination of major adaptations and functional responses of marine invertebrates to biotic and abiotic factors in the marine environment. Field trips required.

EEB 4275: Four credits. Two class periods and one 4-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: Six credits of introductory biology. Body organization, functional morphology and evolution compared among major invertebrate phyla. Field trips required.

MARN 3016: Marine Microbiology  or  MARN 3030/5032: Coastal Pollution and Bioremediation

MARN 3016: First semester (Avery Point). Second semester (Storrs). Three credits. Two lecture-discussion class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period for which field trips may be substituted. Prerequisite: MCB 2610, or instructor consent. A general survey of the taxonomy, physiology and ecology of marine microorganisms.

MARN 3030/5032: Three credits. Two class periods, one 2-hour lab period. Required preparation: BIOL 1107, 1108 and CHEM 1127Q–1128Q or instructor consent. Overview of processes and compounds leading to pollution in the nearshore marine environment. The impact of pollution on the marine food web and its response is emphasized. Alleviation of pollution through metabolism of organisms, including bacteria, seagrasses, and salt marshes.

MARN 4018/5018: Ecology of Fishes  or  EEB 4200: Biology of Fishes

MARN 4018/5018: Three credits. Prerequisite: MARN 3014. General concepts in fish ecology such as distribution, feeding, bioenergetics, growth, larval fish ecology, biotic interactions, life history evolution and other contemporary research topics.

EEB 4200: (Also offered as EEB 5200.) Four credits. Three class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108. An introduction to the biology of fishes, with an emphasis on adaptation and evolutionary diversification. Topics include the evolution of major groups, morphology, physiology, behavior, and population and community ecology. Lectures, critical discussions of current journal articles, student presentations, and exercises in the field and laboratory. Field trips required.

 

Students may use the following or other MARN courses towards one or more of these electives with prior approval of the Department Head.

MARN 3893: Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement up to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Consent of department head required, preferably prior to the student’s departure. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

MARN 4893: Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement up to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Consent of department head required, preferably prior to the student’s departure. With a change of content, may be repeated for credit.

MARN 4895: Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

MARN 4898: Variable topics

Variable credits: one to three. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

 

For more information please contact:
J. Evan Ward Professor of Marine Sciences
Email: evan.ward@uconn.edu