Mar 31, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
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BIOS 4300 - Marine Invertebrate Biology Lecture and Lab

This course introduces students to the broad diversity of marine invertebrates and covers all major & many minor invertebrate phyla, as well as several important protozoan groups. This course provides an overview of each phylum describing characteristic morphology, physiology, and reproduction, and emphasizes major developments in the evolution of invertebrates. Emphasis is on taxa of significant ecological importance in marine habitats. Labs are designed to acquaint students with the different phyla using preserved and live specimens. Students are expected to recognize the particular characteristics of an organism that allow accurate taxonomic placement.

Requisites: C or better in (BIOS 1710 and 1715)
Credit Hours: 2
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.5 lecture, 1.5 laboratory
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to describe and discuss the complex relationships between the varied groups of invertebrate animals.
  • Students will be able to describe the innovative morphological features of the invertebrate taxa and their function.
  • Students will be able to describe, define, and identify the varied groups invertebrate animals, their phylogenetic relationships to one another, and the features that distinguish these species.
  • Students will recognize the distinguishing features of the major marine invertebrate taxa, and be able to place an unknown specimen within the proper taxonomic grouping based on this knowledge.

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