FISH310: Biology of Shellfishes

Spring Quarter


Prerequisites: 10 credits of biological science

Reading assignments:
Most readings come from the required textbook (Biology of Invertebrates - Jan A. Pechenik - 6th Edition). Additional readings may be posted on the website periodically to complement the course.

Learning objectives:
To develop skills and acquire knowledge to be able to understand the taxonomy, life history, physiology and ecology of selected invertebrate taxa. You will learn about the interrelationship between different species and their role in the natural environment.

Skill objectives:
• Oral scientific communication
• Written scientific communication
• Critical thinking and problem solving
• Collaborating with other students
• Gathering, reading, and sharing on current events related to invertebrate biology
• Participation in discussions


Late Policy:
Assignments turned in late will be penalized (at least 5%) for each day they are late unless prior arrangements have been made. Question sets (online) will not be accepted after due date.

Approximately 75% of the material on the exams will be from information presented in lecture or lab, and approximately 25% may be from the assigned reading. Class time and/or a time in lab will be scheduled for discussion and to answer questions for exams.

The three exams will consist of:
• Multiple choice
• Short answer (problems, definitions, compare-and-contrast, etc.)
• Short essay
• Sketches / drawings

The final exam will be comprehensive

Online question sets (Quizzes) will be posted every Monday and are due by Friday at midnight.

Participation: 4pts will be for participation on Discussion board (2 posts per week). 1pt will be for class disscussion participation.


typical schedule


Week Readings (Textbook and other)
One Chapters 1 and 2
Two Chapters 6 and 3
Three Chapter 12
Four Chapter 12
Five Chapter 12
Six Chapter 14
Seven Chapter 14 and - parts of Chapter 23 (Arthropod)* 5thEd
Eight Chapter 20
Nine Chapter 21 and 23


Disability accommodations:
If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz (206-543-8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to the instructor so that we can discuss the accommodations you might need for the class.

Academic Integrity: Plagiarism, cheating, and other misconduct are serious violations of your contract as a student. We expect that you will know and follow the University's policies on cheating and plagiarism. Any suspected cases of academic misconduct will be handled according to University regulations.

Field Trips: We will go on several field trips during the lab sessions. One or two will occur during normal lab hours. Field trips will be on Saturdays due to tides.