Summer 2021 courses
Session Dates: Monday June 21 through Thursday August 12, 2021
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.
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: Joyce Azevedo, Ph.D. (Professor of Biology, Southern Adventist University). 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.
You may take ONE of these two Block A courses
- Ornithology (BIOL 403; 5 credits): Study of birds of North America, with emphasis on physiology, identification, migration, and life histories.
- Marine Environmental Physiology (BIOL 400-B; 5 credits): Focuses on the physiology of marine organisms. Tours the marine environment and examines the biology of organisms found in a variety of marine habitats. Emphasis on physiological adaptations which allow species to survive in extreme habitats like the deep sea, hydrothermal vents, and oxygen minimum zones. Course Instructor: Lloyd Trueblood (Professor of Biology, La Sierra University).
You may take ONE of these two Block B courses
- Marine Biology (BIOL 458; 5 credits): An integrated approach to understanding the marine environment primarily from an ecological perspective. Included are principles of basic oceanography, plankton biology, deep-sea biology, and shallow-water marine communities.
- Entomology (BIOL 407; 5 credits): Study of the insects of the world. Topics include their diversity, behavior, ecology, anatomy, physiology, and relationships with humans. Field and laboratory activities emphasize sampling, specimen preparation, and identification of local species.
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.