BIOLOGY 312 Biological Oceanography Spring 2004

Meets Tues & Thurs 8: 00 - 9:15 a.m. in Darwin 108

 Instructor:   Marilyn I. Cannon E-mail:

OFFICE: Darwin 224

PHONE: 664-2717 (office; voice mail)

Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 9:30 - 10:30; Wed. 12:30 - 1:30 (and by appointment)

Messages: I also have a mailbox in the Biology Office, 1st floor Darwin

Biology 312 satisfies GE, category B3.



BIOL. 110 or BIOL. 115 or BIOL. 123.

  Required Text:

Castro, Peter and Huber, M. 2003. Marine Biology, fourth edition. McGraw-Hill, Boston, 444 pp.

 Objectives for this course

1. To increase your understanding of and appreciation for the earth's oceans.

2. To increase your awareness of California's coastal waters and the abundance of life in the intertidal and subtidal zones.

3. To introduce you to the concepts of ocean science and prepare you for other marine biology courses.

4. To alert you to the fact that there has been more marine pollution in the past ten years than in the previous 400 years combined.

5. To present the fundamental geological, physical, chemical and biological processes necessary to understand the ocean environment.

6. To instill a deeper ecological and environmental awareness about ocean issues, and to encourage you to become a better informed and more involved citizen.

 Grading Scale

90 - 100 % A
80 - 89 % B
70 - 79 % C
60 - 69 % D
lower than 60% F


Plus an d minus grades will be assigned to the upper and lower % of each letter grade (except SSU does not allow an A+)


CR will be assigned for an earned grade of C- or better.

Students who wish to be graded in a non-traditional mode (CR/NC, credit/ no credit) have this option.

 In addition to class lectures, other activities will include:

 Attendance: It is expected that you attend every class period! No late examinations will be given without a written medical excuse or prior arrangements with the instructor.


Do not email any assignments to me. You need to submit a copy in class. 


See Biological Oceanography Schedule for Spring 2004

Marilyn Cannon , Jan. 20, 2004