Course Goals & Learning Outcomes:
Physiology & Cell Biology of Marine Organisms
Biology 600


This core course is designed to acquaint the graduate student with the principles governing form and function in marine organisms. This course builds on the background all students have in the areas of cell biology and organismal physiology and integrates this information with other disciplines of marine biology. The laboratory will provide students with skills and approaches necessary to understand, to address, and to solve larger problems in marine biology.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to recognize specific physiological terms and put them into the context of the functioning of cells, tissues, organs, and organisms.
  2. Students will be able to solve quantitative problems associated with different physiological systems and relate the solutions to the different environmental or organ-system situations posed.
  3. Students will be able to write a scientific paper in a clear and organized manner in formats used in the primary scientific literature.
  4. Student will be able to orally present a topic to an audience on a physiological subject in a clear and understandable manner.
  5. Students will be able to perform chemical assays, perform dilutions, and analyze raw data in the laboratory in the context of simple experimental questions.
  6. Students will be able to analyze a particular situation and suggest ways a cell, a tissue, an organ, or an organism might respond.