Marine Sciences (MARN)

Department Head: Professor James Edson

Department Office: Marine Sciences, Avery Point

Major requirements

1001. The Sea Around Us

Three credits. Ebbin

The relationship of humans with the marine environment. Exploitation of marine resources, development and use of the coastal zone, and the impact of technology and pollution on marine ecosystems. CA 3.

1002. Introduction to Oceanography

Three credits. A background in secondary school physics, chemistry or biology is recommended. Not open to students who have passed MARN 1003.

Processes governing the geology, circulation, chemistry and biological productivity of the world’s oceans. Emphasis is placed on the interactions and interrelationships between physical, chemical, biological and geological processes that contribute to both the stability and the variability of the marine environment. CA 3.

1003. Introduction to Oceanography with Laboratory

First semester (Avery Point). Second semester (Storrs). Four credits. Three hours lecture and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Recommended preparation: A background in secondary school physics, chemistry or biology. Not open to students who have passed MARN 1002.

Processes governing the geology, circulation, chemistry and biological productivity of the world’s oceans. Emphasis on the interactions and interrelationships of physical, chemical, biological and geological processes that contribute to both the stability and the variability of the marine environment. Laboratory experiments, hands-on exercises, and field observations including required cruise on research vessel. A fee of $35 is charged for this course. CA 3-LAB.

1004. Oceanography Laboratory

First semester (Avery Point). Second semester (Storrs). One credit. One 3-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MARN 1002 or equivalent. Not open to students who have passed MARN 1003.

Laboratory experiments, hands-on exercises, and field observations (including required cruise on research vessel) that teach fundamental oceanographic concepts emphasizing physical, chemical, and biological processes and their interaction in the marine environment. A fee of $35 is charged for this course.

1160. Introduction to Scientific Diving

Two credits. Approved medical questionnaire and liability waiver required. Godfrey

Introduction to scuba diving history, physics and physiology of diving, dive planning, open-circuit diving equipment, and marine environments. Open-water diving certification possible with successful completion of course. A fee of $75 is charged for this course.

2002. Marine Sciences I

Second semester (Avery Point). Three credits. Prerequisite: MARN 1002 or 1003; MATH 1110Q or 1071Q or 1131Q; BIOL 1107 and 1108; CHEM 1127Q and 1128Q; and PHYS 1201Q or 1401Q.

Biological, chemical, physical, and geological structure and function of coastal systems; a worldwide survey with emphasis on important coastal habitats and processes.

2060. Introduction to Coastal Meteorology

Three credits. Recommended preparation: Introductory calculus and physics. Lombardo

Introduction to the structure, circulation, and thermodynamic processes within the Earth’s atmosphere. Emphasis on weather phenomena impacting the coastlines, including sea breezes, coastal convection, waterspouts, and hurricanes.

3000. The Hydrosphere and Global Climate

Three credits. Lund

Interactions of the physical and chemical components of the global water and energy cycles and how all apply to climate. The science behind climate change predictions reviewed and applied to case studies.

3001. Marine Sciences II

First semester (Avery Point). Four credits. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: MARN 2002; MATH 1110Q or 1071Q or 1132Q; and PHYS 1202Q or 1402Q.

Biological, chemical, physical and geological structure and function of coastal systems, with a special focus on field observations in three important coastal habitats: beaches and rocky shores, marshes, and estuaries.

3003Q. Environmental Reaction and Transport

Four credits. Prerequisite: CHEM 1127Q and one additional semester of CHEM, BIOL or PHYS; one semester of calculus (MATH 1110Q, 1131Q or MATH 1151Q) or concurrent enrollment in Calculus (1110Q, 1131Q, 1151Q). Vlahos

An introduction to the chemical/biological reactions and transport dynamics of environmental systems. Mass balances, elementary fluid mechanics and the coupled dynamics of lakes, rivers, oceans, groundwater and the atmosphere as biogeochemical systems.

3012. Marine Invertebrate Biology

Three credits. Prerequisite: BIOL 1107 and 1108; Recommended preparation: MARN 1002 or 1003 or instructor consent. Ward

Comparative examination of major adaptations and functional responses of marine invertebrates to biotic and abiotic factors in the marine environment. Field trips required.

3014. Marine Biology

(Also offered as EEB 3230.) First semester (Storrs) second semester, alternate years (Avery Point). Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: One year of college laboratory biology.

The study of the kinds and distributions of marine organisms. Particular attention is paid to biotic features of the oceans, organism-habitat and relationships and general ecological concepts influencing marine populations and communities. Field trips are required. A fee of $10 is charged for this course.

3015. Molecular Approaches to Biological Oceanography

Three credits. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Recommended preparation: one of BIOL 1108, MARN 4010, MCB 3010. Lin

Principles and technology in nucleic acid purification and manipulation, DNA fingerprinting, gene cloning and sequencing, phylogenetic analysis, and detection of gene expression (mRNA and protein). Application examples in marine ecological studies.

3017. Plankton Ecology

Three credits. Two 50-minute lectures and one 3-hour lab/recitation period. Prerequisites: MATH 1060Q or 1131Q; PHYS 1201Q or 1401Q; CHEM 1122 or equivalent; BIOL 1107 and 1108. Recommended preparation: MARN 1002. Consent of instructor for graduate students in lieu of requirements. Students who have passed both MARN 5014 and MARN 5016 cannot take this course for credit. Dam

Ecology of planktonic organisms (bacteria, protista and metazoa). The evolutionary ecology concept, methods of research, special features of aquatic habitats; adaptations to aquatic environments; population biology; predation, competition, life histories, community structure, and role of plankton in ecosystem metabolism.

3030. Coastal Pollution and Bioremediation

Three credits. Two class periods, one 2-hour lab period. Required preparation: BIOL 1107, 1108 and CHEM 1127Q1128Q or instructor consent. Visscher

Overview of processes and compounds leading to pollution in the nearshore marine environment. The impact of pollution on the marine food web and its response is emphasized. Alleviation of pollution through metabolism of organisms, including bacteria, seagrasses, and salt marshes.

3060. Coastal Circulation and Sediment Transport

Second semester (Avery Point). Three credits. Prerequisite: MARN 2002 and 3001; MATH 1110Q or1131Q or 1151Q. O’Donnell

Circulation and mixing in estuaries and the inner continental shelf, including surface gravity waves, tides, and buoyancy and wind-driven circulation. Coastal sediments, geomorphology, and processes of sedimentation, erosion and bioturbation. Required field trips.

3230. Beaches and Coasts

(Also offered as GSCI 3230.) First semester, alternate even years (Avery Point). Three credits. Prerequisite: MARN 1002 or 1003 or GSCI 1050 or 1051 or consent of instructor.

Introduction to the processes that form and modify coasts and beaches, including tectonic setting, sediment supply, coastal composition, energy regimes and sea level change; tools and techniques utilized in marine geologic mapping and reconstruction of submerged coastal features; field trips to selected coastal features.

3505. Remote Sensing of Marine Geography

(Also offered as GEOG 3505.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: GEOG 2300 or MARN 1002. Dierssen

Introduction to remote sensing applications in oceans and seas. Applications include image analysis of sea surface temperature, winds, altimetry, sea ice, chlorophyll, primary productivity, and bathymetry.

3801W. Marine Sciences and Society

Second semester (Avery Point). Three credits. Prerequisite: MARN 2002 and 3001 or instructor consent; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Vaudrey

Scientific analysis of coastal zone issues and their implications for society. Written analysis and discussion of primary literature.

3811. Seminar on Marine Mammals

Joint program with Mystic Marinelife Aquarium. Three credits. One 3-hour class period; one field trip. Offered at Mystic Marinelife Aquarium. Prerequisite: one year college laboratory biology and permission of instructor.

Instructors from different areas of expertise discuss the natural history, evolution, anatomy, physiology, husbandry, and conservation of marine mammals. Current research is emphasized. (Special registration and fee: Contact Mystic Marinelife Aquarium, Mystic, CT 06355. 860-572-5955.)

3893. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement up to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Consent of department head required, preferably prior to the student’s departure. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

3899. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

3995. Special Topics

May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

4001. Measurement and Analysis in Coastal Ecosystems

First semester (Avery Point). Four credits. Two 1-hour lectures and two 3-hour laboratories. Required field trips. Prerequisite: Both MARN 2002 and 3001, or instructor consent. Granger, Koerting

Examination of oceanographic processes in local coastal systems; collection and analyses of samples from field trips and lab experiments; data analysis using computers.

4002. Science and the Coastal Environment

Second semester (Avery Point). Three credits. Prerequisite: MARN 2002, 3001, and 4001; or at least two (2) of the following: MARN 4030W, 4050, and 4060. Tobias, Trumbull

Specific cases of multiple impacts on environmental resources and coastal habitats. Current scientific understanding as a basis for sociopolitical decision-making (e.g., land-use impacts on coastal processes in relation to zoning regulation and water-quality criteria).

4010. Biological Oceanography

Three credits. Prerequisite: CHEM 1128Q; MATH 1132Q; PHYS 1202Q or equivalent; BIOL 1107 and 1108; or instructor consent. McManus

Structure and function of marine food webs, from primary producers to top trophic levels; interaction of marine organisms with the environment; energy and mass flow in food webs; elemental cycling; coupling between pelagic and benthic environments.

4018. Ecology of Fishes

Three credits. Prerequisite: MARN 3014

General concepts in fish ecology such as distribution, feeding, bioenergetics, growth, larval fish ecology, biotic interactions, life history evolution and other contemporary research topics.

4030W. Chemical Oceanography

Three credits. Prerequisite: CHEM 1128Q; MATH 1132Q; PHYS 1202Q or equivalents; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Vlahos

Composition, origin and solution chemistry of seawater and the marine biogeochemical cycles of salts, elements and gases. Distributions and transfer in the marine environment through chemical equilibria, rates, redox, partitioning, ocean circulation, biological cycles and crustal exchanges

4050. Geological Oceanography

Three credits. Prerequisite: GSCI 1051 or MARN/GSCI 3230 or instructor consent.

Concepts in geological oceanography, including the role of plate tectonics in the control of the Earth and ocean system, fundamentals of biosphere-geosphere interaction over geologic timescales, and the reconstruction of past climates using marine sediment archives.

4060. Physical Oceanography

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 1202Q, 1402Q, 1502Q, or 1602Q; MATH 1132Q. Whitney

Overview of physical properties and dynamics influencing the oceans and coastal waters. Descriptions of global water property distributions, surface mixed layer, pycnocline, surface heat fluxes, and major ocean currents. Introduction to dynamics of ocean circulation, waves, tides, and coastal circulation.

4066. River Influences on the Marine Environment

Three credits. Recommended preparation: Calculus and general physics. Whitney

Influences of rivers on estuaries, coastal and open water properties, energy budgets and ecosystems including inputs of buoyant waters, sediments and pollutants and variability from storms, seasons, human alterations and climate change.

4160. Scientific Diving

Three credits. Recommended preparation: MARN 1160. Scuba certification and approved diving physical required. Godfrey

Physics and physiology of scuba diving, federal regulation, consensus standards, dive planning, dive accident management and emergency planning, scientific diving methods, diving modes. Scientific diver certification possible with successful completion of course plus CPR, First Aid and Emergency Oxygen certification. A fee of $75 is charged for this course.

4891. Internship in Marine Sciences

Variable credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: Nine credits of MARN courses at the junior-senior level. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit, not to exceed 3 credits. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

An internship under the direction of MARN faculty. Placements stress application of academic training. A journal of activities is required. One credit may be earned for each 42 hours of pre-approved activities in a semester to a maximum of three credits.

4893. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement up to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Consent of department head required, preferably prior to the student’s departure. With a change of content, may be repeated for credit.

4895. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

4896W. Senior Research Thesis

Three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Three credits of MARN 3899, which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only with consent of instructor. Recommended preparation; MARN 3801W. Not limited to honors students.

Senior thesis reflecting independent research.

4898. Variable Topics

Variable credits: one to three. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

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