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ROSARIO BEACH MARINE LABORATORY
Summer 2019 courses

Session Dates: Monday June 24 through Friday August 16, 2019


Students may enroll in lower-division OR upper-division/graduate courses, but not both. Laboratory/field experiences are required for all courses. One summer term (10 credits) at the WWU Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory is required for WWU biology majors during which at least one upper-division, marine-oriented course must be taken.


Lower-Division Courses

General Biology (BIOL 141, 142, 143; 4 quarter credits each). Study of the basic principles of biology of animals, plants, and microorganisms. Topics include cell biology, physiology, genetics, development, taxonomy, and ecology. High school chemistry strongly recommended. Limit: 24 students. Course Instructor: Rob Fitch, Ph.D. (Professor of Biology, Wenatchee Valley College).  Lab Instructor: Brian Watkins, M.S. (Visiting Instructor, Walla Walla University).

Upper-Division and Graduate Courses

Upper-division and graduate courses are offered in two blocks. Block A courses run concurrently and typically meet the first half of each week; Block B courses run concurrently and typically meet the last half of each week. Thus students may register for only one course in each block.


BLOCK A (you may take ONE of these two Block A courses)

Marine Ecology (BIOL 460; 5 credits): Study of interspecific, intraspecific, and community relationships demonstrated by marine organisms. Course Instructor: David Cowles (Professor of Biology, Walla Walla University).

Ornithology (BIOL 403; 5 credits): Study of native birds of North America, with emphasis on physiology, identification, migration, and life histories. Course Instructor: Jim Nestler (Professor of Biology, Walla Walla University).


BLOCK B (you may take ONE of these two Block B courses)

Bacterial Pathogenesis in Humans (BIOL400-A; 5 credits):  A study of human bacterial pathogens and the mechanisms involved in disease development.  Attention is given to how bacterial pathogens influence humanity with topics ranging from host cell molecular interactions to epidemiological perspectives on disease.  Course Instructor: Rob Zdor (Professor of Biology, Andrews University).

Biological Oceanography (BIOL 400-B; 5 credits):  Biological oceanography is the study of marine organisms, their quantitative distribution in time and space and their interactions with each other and their ocean environment.  This course examines how oceanic environments control the form and function of marine life.  Topics include: distributions of planktonic production and abundance, marine habitats, coastal zones, upwelling centers, gyres, the deep sea, nutrient cycling and human impacts on ocean biology.  Course Instructor: Lloyd Trueblood (Professor of Biology, La Sierra University).

Upper-division students are required to take two courses during their first upper-division summer at Rosario.  A scholarship is available for WWU biology majors taking upper-division classes at Rosario. During subsequent summers upper-division students may take one course, provided they are actively participating in an academic activity (such as research or internship) during their non-course time; documentation of specific plans for the academic activity is required prior to acceptance.  Graduate students may take zero or one course during the summer, provided they are actively participating in an academic activity (such as research or internship) during their non-course time; documentation of specific plans for the academic activity is required prior to acceptance.

Last update on April 3, 2019