BIOSM 1500

BIOSM 1500

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

This course is a 2 week, 3 credit, field intensive marine-based introduction to the scientific method and experimental biology. We take advantage of the unique learning opportunities in the intertidal zone around Appledore Island, Maine at the Shoals Marine Laboratory. The course philosophy is to allow students to learn the scientific method by doing research under the guidance of veteran marine biologists. The course is structured around two research projects that are designed to expose students to diverse research areas within marine biology: Ecomechanics and Ecophysiology.

When Offered Summer.

Forbidden Overlaps Forbidden Overlap: due to an overlap in content, students will receive credit for only one course in the following group: BIOG 1500, BIOSM 1500, PLSCI 1420.

Distribution Category (BIO-AG, BIOLS-AG, BIO-AS, PBS-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-SBY)

  • Scientific method. Students will: a. appreciate the power and limitations of science as a way of knowing. b. apply the structure of the scientific method. c. apply principles of good experimental design and data collection. d. execute statistical testing, analysis, and graphing using R software.
  • 2. Scientific information literacy. Students will: a. use online research tools for scholarly literature and bioinformatics. b. cite sources using proper format.
  • 3. Scientific communication. Students will: a. demonstrate understanding of the structure of scientific papers and their relationship to the scientific method via four writing assignments. b. demonstrate principles of data analysis, slide design, and oral communication via participation in a scientific symposium at the end of the course.
  • 4. Knowledge of and ability to use equipment in the lab and field. Students will: a. understand the importance of measurement to the scientific process b. demonstrate proper use of equipment such as pipets, calipers, micrometers, gel electrophoresis rigs, force transducers, and dissolved oxygen probes. c. demonstrate proficiency with the use of remote sensing devices such as CTD probes, and HoboTemp temperature probes. d. demonstrate proficiency with biological imaging using microscopes and cameras. e. demonstrate proficiency with image processing using Image software.
  • 5. Conceptual knowledge pertaining to two laboratory modules. Students will master introductory concepts in two areas: a. Marine Ecophysiology b. Marine Biomechanics
  • 6. Additional goals. Students will: a. practice critical thinking skills as background for MCAT and GRE. b. work cooperatively with others toward a common goal. c. take ownership of the material. d. be empowered to undertake their own scientific investigations.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Summer Special Session 2. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  1028 BIOSM 1500   FLD 801

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    This Summer Session class is offered by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. For details visit: