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BIOL 200: Coral Reefs (3 credits)

Course Description

Introduction to the biology, ecology and geology of stony corals and the reef structures they build. Topics include, but not limited to, the following: photobiology, biochemistry, physiology, reproduction, ecology, biogeography and evolution of stony corals; contributions made by other members of the coral reef community, such as algae, invertebrates, fish, sea turtles, sea birds, and marine mammals; reef formation and geomorphology; corals as resources for human utilization and the impacts of human activities upon reefs throughout the world. Emphasis will be on Hawai‘i's coral reefs, but comparisons will be made among reefs from other areas. (3 hours lecture)


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the process and philosophical basis of scientific inquiry.
  • Distinguish between living things and inanimate objects.
  • Describe the classification of living things, the kinds of criteria used to classify them, and the formal protocol in naming them.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the biology of corals (e.g., systematics & classification, soft tissue morphology and cytology, skeletal morphology, endosymbiosis with zooxanthellae, modes of feeding, reproduction, environmental factors that influence growth and distribution, and evolution) with an emphasis on Hawaiian corals.
  • Describe the ecological relationships among the living components of coral reef communities and their interactions with the physical environment.
  • Describe the types of reefs and the processes that create and shape them.
  • Describe the resources that coral reefs provide, especially to Pacific island nations and states.
  • Describe the impacts of human activities on coral reefs and the significance of these impacts to Pacific island nations and states.

Degrees and Certificates

For transfer information within the UH system, visit the System Transfer page


Resources


Classes Offered

  • Fall 2014 - TR, 10:00am to 11:15am, Hale ‘Imiloa 117, Michelle Smith - CRN: 62457 - view syllabus
  • Spring 2013 - TR, 1:00pm to 2:15pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 123, Michelle Smith - CRN: 62228 - view syllabus
  • Spring 2012 - TR, 1:00pm to 2:15pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 123, Michelle Smith - CRN: 64331 - view syllabus
  • Summer 2011 - MTWR, 10:00am to 11:35am, Hale ‘Imiloa 123 , Michelle Smith - CRN: 62007 - view syllabus
  • Spring 2010 - TR, 8:15am to 9:30am, Hale ‘Imiloa 123, Dave Krupp - CRN: 63296 - view syllabus
  • Fall 2008 - TR, 7:15pm to 8:40pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 123, M Manning - CRN: 64280
  • Spring 2006 - TR, 7:15pm to 8:30pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 123, Dave Krupp - CRN: 61034
  • Fall 2006 - MWF, 10:30am to 11:20am, Hale ‘Imiloa 123, R Steyn - CRN: 63112
  • Fall 2005 - TR, 7:15pm to 8:40pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 123, Michelle Smith - CRN: 61154
  • Spring 2005 - TR, 8:15am to 9:30am, Hale ‘Imiloa 123, Dave Krupp - CRN: 62041
  • Fall 2004 - MWF, 8:30am to 9:20am, Hale ‘Imiloa 123, Dave Krupp - CRN: 61154
  • Fall 2003 - MWF, 8:25am to 9:20am, Hale ‘Imiloa 123, Michelle Smith - CRN: 14162
  • Spring 2003 - MWF, 8:30am to 9:20am, Hale ‘Imiloa 123, Michelle Smith - CRN: 35486
  • Summer 2003 - MTWR, 8:15am to 10:15am, Hale ‘Imiloa 123, Michelle Smith - CRN: 40770
  • Fall 2002 - MWF, 8:30am to 9:20am, Hale ‘Imiloa 123, Michelle Smith - CRN: 6105

 

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