Summer 2022 courses

Session Dates: Monday, June 20, through Thursday, August 11, 2022


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). 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.

  • Course Instructor: Joyce Azevedo, Ph.D., Southern Adventist University. 
  • Credits: 4
  • Limit: 24 students

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):
    • Course description: 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. 
    • Course Instructor: Dave Cowles, PhD; WWU
    • Credits: 5
  • Marine Ecotoxicology (BIOL 400): 
    • Course description: Investigation of marine organismal responses to chemical stressors such as xenobiotics and pharmaceuticals. This laboratory based course will emphasize techniques of isolating and manipulating DNA and RNA. Includes isolation of differentially expressed mRNA transcripts associated with chemical exposure, development of molecular probes from products of differential gene expression, analyzing these molecular probes to provide insight into impacted biochemical pathways, and identification of potential biomarkers of effect and/or exposure.
    • Course Instructor: Michael Morgan, PhD; Berry College
    • Credits: 5

BLOCK B

You may take ONE of these two Block B courses:

  • Ornithology (BIOL 458):  
    • Course description: Study of birds of North America, with emphasis on physiology, identification, migration, and life histories.
    • Course Instructor: Brian Watkins, M.S.; visiting instructor, WWU
    • Credits: 5
  • Marine Phycology (BIOL 463):
    • Course description: A systematic survey of marine algae, covering the principles of their classification, natural history, ecology, physiology, and practical use.
    • Course Instructor: Rob Fitch, Wenatchee Valley College.
    • Credits: 5

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.