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Minor
MEA (Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences)
252
032623
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Biology of Marine Mammals
Biology of Marine Mammals
College of Sciences
Marine Earth & Atmospheric Science (17MEA)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
3
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
ES 295Spring 201615
ES 295Spring 201712
ES 295Spring 201814
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)
Remote Location/Site Based
Morehead City/Center for Marine Science and Technology
Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Victoria Thayer
Director and instructor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture1515NoThe number of participants in the program is limited by the dormitory space at the CMAST campus.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LECN/AN/ANoN/A


Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Biology of marine mammals, including cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians and sea otters. Topics covered include the evolution, physiology, behavior and ecology of marine mammals. We will focus on current topics in conservation and management of marine mammals. Instructor permission required.

The Semester@CMAST is a stand-alone academic program for NC State undergraduates based at NC State’s Coastal facility in Morehead City—the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology.  This curriculum provides courses that are unique to NC State, drawing on faculty based at CMAST as instructors, as well as hiring part-time instructors from the local area who are world-experts in their respective fields.  Dr. Vicky Thayer, leads the Marine Mammal Stranding Network in NC and is a staff scientist with the NC Division of Marine Fisheries.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
GEP Categories

Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
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Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
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Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
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Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
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US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
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Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 

Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of SciencesJenny CampbellZoology program enthusiastic about course.
College of SciencesJane LubischerBiology suggested wording improvements in course description and suggested consult with zoology. Changes made and consult obtained.
College of Natural ResourcesGary BlankThese courses both will be offered during the CMAST program semester, and that unique experience suggests no conflict with any material offered in CNR programs. Neither the CNR wildlife biology courses nor the conservation biology courses cover these topics.
No new resources are requested for this course. The provost has committed support for the Semester@CMAST program through 2021.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:


1. Describe the taxonomy of marine mammals to suborder.


2. Explain the evolutionary history of mysticetes, odontocetes, phocids, otariids, and sirenians.


3. Identify and describe unique physiological, anatomical, and morphological adaptations by marine mammals to an aquatic lifestyle.


4. Contrast the life histories of mysticetes, odontocetes, phocids, and otariids.


5. Categorize and study behavioral adaptations of marine mammals.


6. Identify at least three pressing conservation issues for marine mammals and what information is needed to fully analyze these issues.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Exam60 pointsThree exams will be given, each worth 20 points.
Major Paper20 pointsPaper based on a marine mammal conservation issue.
Participation10 pointsParticipation measured using the rubric provided in the syllabus.
Other10 pointsScientific paper review.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
see syllabusN/AN/A

aeherget (Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:26:22 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus at instructor's request via email 4/17/2018.
aeherget (Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:09:26 GMT): AECHH: Updating the restrictive statement at instructor's request via phone call (4 PM) 4/17/2018.
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