Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Every other year

This course provides an introduction to the biology and natural history of marine mammals, specializing in species resident within the North Atlantic.

Topics covered include: phylogeny and taxonomy; anatomy and physiology; behavior; sensory ecology; and management/conservation issues. The course includes field trips to observe animals in their natural habitat, dissection of specimens, and exposure to the professional peer review field.

Students are expected to complete two individual literature-based reviews, one species- and one system-based, to be presented in class.

Assessment is based on class participation, presentations, and written submissions. Lab fee covers costs of field trips, including potential boat and field station time, and optional travel to a regional conference during the term. 


Biology I, II and a writing-focused class or permission of instructor.

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