Fall Courses

Fall 2020 Anticipated Course Schedule*

BIOL A124 - 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 2019 Semester projects may include a harbor porpoise.

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 A490 - Behavioral Ecology of Marine Mammals, 3cr

Evolutionary approach focusing on proximate and ultimate causes of behavior in marine mammals in ecological contexts. Focus on social behavior, animal communication, feeding and anti-predatory behavior, habitat selection, territoriality, reproductive behavior, mating systems, parental care, and adaptations in specific taxa. Methodology, natural and anthropogenic challenges, and marine conservation will be highlighted throughout.

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.

BIOL A481 - Marine Biology, 3cr

Examines marine biology with a focus on understanding the pathways and transformation of energy and matter in coastal, pelagic and benthic waters, particularly those in Alaska. Studies the influence of the physical environment, climate change and human activities on marine species diversity, food webs, and tropho-dynamics.

BIOL A490L - Marine Biology Lab, 1cr

BIOL A492A - Undergraduate Seminar, 1cr

Do you wonder how climate change is impacting terrestial and marine life? Or in what ways stressed ecosystems affect human health and well being? Join us for weekly seminars presenting, then discussing conservation issues in a casual, round-table forum.

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ART A100 - Scientific Illustration, 1cr

Introduces basic techniques and teaches basic methods for creating a publishable quality illustration of a biological specimen.


*Kenai Peninsula College reserves the right to cancel, to combine, to change the name of the instructor, time, date, or place of a class, and to make other revisions in class offerings which may become necessary, and to do so without incurring obligation.