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Undergraduate Course Details
Number BIO 216
Title Introduction to Marine Mammals
Credits 3.0
Distribution DII
Prerequisites BIO102 or BIO102B, or BIO103, or BIO105, or BIO108H, or BIO115H-116H, or BIO121-122, or BIO122-123, or BIO122-124, or BIO131-132, or permission of Department Chairperson


This course explores the biology and natural history of marine mammals in the North Atlantic, including whales, dolphins and seals. Topics include evolution, anatomy, behavior, field identification, and the history of whaling and contemporary whaling issues. Demonstration laboratory work will focus on smaller marine mammals. One Saturday field trip on Massachusetts Bay is required. One three-hour lecture per week.
Offered by the Marine Studies Consortium. Application to campus representative of the Marine Studies Consortium must be made one semester prior to experience. Additional tuition fee required by Marine Studies Consortium.