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Fall semester course offerings are designed for full-time students interested in complementing their home campus's regionally-based studies with a place-based, coastal Alaskan experience. Most courses combine field-based experiences with classroom - based instruction. Students will consult with the Semester by the Bay Faculty Advisor for guidance in selecting a course schedule that complements their educational interests and abilities. Visit our searchable schedule for a full listing of course offerings, descriptions and eligibility requirements. Schedules are posted by mid-March for the following fall semester.

Fall 2018 Course Schedule

Semester by the Bay Related Biology Courses

BIOL A124—Marine Mammal Skeleton Articulation, 2cr

The preparation of marine mammal & seabird skeletons for museum-quality display. Introduces basic materials and general techniques for excavating, cleaning, collecting data from, and articulating marine vertebrates. Note: The Fall 2017 Semester projects may include a sea otter and seal.

BIOL A423/BIOL A490L— Ichthyology with Lab, 3 + 1cr

Major groups of fishes, emphasizing the fishes of northwestern North America. Classification, structure, evolution, ecology, general biology and importance to humans of the major groups. Note: Includes both lab and field work.

BIOL A430—Marine Mammal Biology with Lab, 4cr

An introduction to the biology and ecology of marine mammals, with an emphasis on understanding how marine mammals are adapted to their habitat, and the roles that they play in the marine ecosystem. Includes field studies boat trip.

BIOL A473—Conservation Biology, 3cr

Examines the human drivers of global environmental change (human population growth and consumption of resources) and the consequences of environmental degradation. discusses the use of standard protocols and modern instruments to assess environmental change.

Special Note: Service-learning course. Includes fieldwork outside of class time.

BIOL A481/BIOL A490L—Marine Biology with Lab, 3 + 1cr

An introduction to the marine habitat, with a focus on understanding the biological basis behind modern conservation and management issues, particularly in Alaska. The ocean as physical habitat, marine food webs and trophic dynamics, coastal, benthic, and pelagic ecosystem structure, and changes in physical and biological systems due to human impacts and climate regimes. Note: Includes both lab and field work.

BIOL A492—Undergraduate Seminar, 1cr

The exploration of current and emerging ideas and findings across the biological sciences, with an emphasis on critique of the primary literature. The course will use readings from the primary literature to illustrate scientific methods, experimental design, and applied statistics in biology. The course will also build and refine student's scientific writing skills, and sharpen analytical thinking and scientific creativity.

BIOL A495A—Internship in the Biological Sciences, 3cr

Professional work experience in appropriate areas of the biological sciences. Open to qualified students receiving faculty recommendation, and as placements are available.

Other courses that may be of interest - Please see the course schedule for a complete list of courses.

ART A100—Scientific Illustration, 1cr

Explores scientific illustration. Introduces basic techniques and basic methods for creating a publishable quality illustration of a biological specimen using drawing-pencil and ink pens.

ASTR  A103/A103L-Solar System Astronomy, 4cr

Introduction to solar system astronomy; emphasis on most recent results from space research. History of astronomy, instruments, planetary motion, physical properties of planets, satellites, comets, and solar system evolution.

ENG A295 -Science and Nature Writing, 1cr

Introduction to contemporary science and nature writing.

GEOL A190-Geology of Kachemak Bay, 1cr

Introduces students to the geological history of the southern Kenai Peninsula. Covers basic plate tectonics, paleobotany and climatology, alpine glaciation, volcanoes, and the effects of the 1964 Earthquake. Field trips include a hike to Grewingk Glacier and a hike from McNeil Canyon to Fritz Creek along Kachemak Bay.

HIST A341—History of Alaska, 3cr

An introduction to Alaska and its relationship to America and the world, including Alaska geography, Alaska Native anthropology, and a detailed chronological history of the 49th state. Topics include Russian exploration, occupation, and management; Native-Russian relations; the Alaska Purchase; U.S. military; missionaries; gold rushes; territorial era; statehood; Native land claims and corporations; oil development and the disposition and management of Alaska lands.

MATH A251 - Calculus I, 4cr

A first course in single-variable calculus. Topics include limits; continuity and differentiation of functions; applications of the derivative to graphing, optimization and rates of change; definite and indefinite integration; and the fundamental theorem of calculus.