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I - Introductory

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Meets the following requirements:

  • ES - Environmental Science

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This is a broad course, covering the biology of organisms in various marine habitats (rocky intertidal, mud and sand, estuaries, open ocean, coral reefs, deep sea), and some policy and marine management and conservation issues.

The largest part of this course is focused on learning to identify and understand the natural history and ecology of the marine flora and fauna of New England, with an emphasis on the rocky intertidal of Mount Desert Island.

The course meets twice per week with one afternoon for laboratory work or field trips. Evaluations are based on the quality of participation in class, one in-class practical, several sets of essay questions, and a field notebook emphasizing natural history notes of local organisms.

This class is intended for first-year students, who will have priority during registration. Returning students may take this course only with permission of the instructor.


Signature of instructor for returning students.

Always visit the Registrar's Office for the official course catalog and schedules.