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Undergraduate Course Details
Number BIO 344
Title Underwater Research Methods
Credits 4.0
Prerequisites Basic Open Water Scuba certification, an Introductory Biology laboratory sequence; or permission of Department Chairperson. Students must supply their own scuba equipment

Description

This course is designed to introduce scuba certified students to research methods used in the study of biology, ecology and physiology of subtidal organisms. Current underwater research methods are taught and implemented in underwater exercises. Potential topics for lectures and labs include: diving physics, physiology, dive planning, first aid for diving professionals, sampling designs, statistical analysis, underwater photography, population census methods and fish habitat surveys. This course fulfills the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) scientific diver training requirements. Three lecture hours and one four hour lab per week.