Field Biology Quarter

MBQ Fall 2014 - Wrigley Marine Science Center - Catalina Island


Instructors: Malcolm Gordon, TBA
FALL 2014 MARINE BIOLOGY QUARTER
WRIGLEY MARINE SCIENCE CENTER - CATALINA ISLAND

The Marine Biology Quarter (MBQ) is a field program planned to give advanced undergraduates an opportunity to gain intimate and first hand knowledge of marine communities, their constituents and their structure. It is also designed as a real world training experience in devising and carrying through to completion scientific research projects in marine biology. The MBQ satisfies the field quarter requirement for the Marine Biology major and the Ecology, Biology and Evolution major. Qualified students in other majors and departments are welcome to apply.



We are pleased to announce that the upcoming MBQ is being held at Wrigley Marine Science Center (WMSC) on Catalina Island. For more information about WMSC, visit: http://dornsife.usc.edu/wrigley/wmsc.


Students and faculty will be in residence at WMSC from Monday, October 20 – Friday, November 21, 2014.



The ability to dive is not a requirement for the MBQ and SCUBA diving is optional. Students who wish to dive must be scientifically certified and must comply with all laboratory and safety policies at WMSC.



Fall 2014 MBQ Courses (16 units): Dr. Malcolm Gordon and TBA

EE BIOL 106: Experimental Marine Invertebrate Biology (Gordon)

EE BIOL 123B: Field Marine Ecology

EE BIOL 148: Biology of Marine Plants

EE BIOL 163: Biology of Marine Tetrapods (Gordon)

All participants will be enrolled into the MBQ classes by the undergraduate counselors.



Cost: The cost of the MBQ is in addition to quarterly URSA fees (at UCLA). This additional cost covers room and board as well as other facilities fees to be determined.



Prerequisites: Prerequisites for the MBQ are Life Sciences 1, EE Biology 109 and 109L (offered in Summer Sessions 2014 – Session A) and the consent of the instructors. Marine Biology majors will be given priority. It is preferred that students complete as much of the core curriculum for the Life Science majors as possible. Non-Marine Biology majors may take the MBQ courses if they meet these qualifications and if there is space available. Preference will be given to seniors who will graduate by June 2015, and to students with advanced training, especially in field and marine-related courses.



Application Process: Applications for the Fall 2014 MBQ will be available both online and in the EE Biology Undergraduate Office (101 Hershey Hall). For selected applicants, a personal interview will be arranged through the EE Biology Undergraduate Office. Interviews will be scheduled once all applications have been reviewed.



DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted to the EE Biology Undergraduate Office (101 Hershey Hall) by Friday, January 17, 2014 by 4:00 p.m.



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The MBQ will fulfill these requirements for the following programs:


BIOLOGY MAJOR
One Category 3 Lab

Two Category 4 Upper Division EEB Elective

One Category 5 Upper Division Science Elective


ECOLOGY, BEHAVIOR & EVOLUTION MAJOR (EBE)

Field Quarter Requirement


MARINE BIOLOGY MAJOR

Field Quarter Requirement


CONSERVATION BIOLOGY MINOR

16 of 19 Upper Division Elective Units


COLLEGE HONORS

Eight (8) Units of Upper Division College Honors Units