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Habitats: Marine Biology

Course Number: BI 142
Transcript Title: Habitats: Marine Biology
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: July 10, 2015
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode:


MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.

Course Description

Examines marine environment and the ecology, physiology, and morphology of marine plants and animals, emphasizing Oregon habitats. Laboratory focuses on identification and environmental testing. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use basic ecosystem principles to identify and understand the biology of various marine phyla and to characterize marine habitats. 
  2. Use scientific techniques to quantitatively describe parameters of marine habitats and understand the relationship of physical parameters to distribution of biota.
  3. Use an understanding of research, laboratory and/or field experiences to organize data to illustrate and articulate basic ecological principles.
  4. Use critical thinking to evaluate human impacts on marine ecosystems and to consider how local consumer and policy decisions can be informed by an understanding of the interconnectedness of marine habitats and human cultures.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)


3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Essay and multiple choice exams
  2. Maintain a detailed field and laboratory notebook
  3. Weekly applications of laboratory and field experiences
  4. Self-assessment of group dynamics

Course Activities and Design

  1. Group Discussion
  2. Lecture
  3. Lab
  4. Field Trips

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Energy relationships and environmental systems
  • Fundamentals of ecology
  • Land and ocean interactions, and atmospheric and marine interactions
  • Structure and function in marine organisms
  • Human Impacts

Department Notes

Columbia Gorge Community College Science Department stands by the following statement about regarding science instruction:

Science is a fundamentally nondogmatic and self-correcting investigatory process. Theories (such as biological evolution and geologic time scale) are developed through scientific investigation are not decided in advance. As such, scientific theories can be and often are modified and revised through observation and experimentation. “Creation science," “Intelligent design” or similar beliefs are not considered legitimate science, but a form of religious advocacy. This position is established by legal precedence (Webster v. New Lenox School District #122, 917 F. 2d 1004).

The Science Department at Columbia Gorge Community College therefore stands with organizations such as the National Association of Biology Teachers in opposing the inclusion of pseudo-sciences in our science curricula except to reference and/or clarify its invalidity.