The underwater environment will be explored in this course through one of two experiential
learning opportunities. Option 1: Students will complete an open water SCUBA diving
course through a certified dive shop in the Dallas area, two wet labs on campus, and
travel to the Dallas World Aquarium to obtain observational data to complete a written
laboratory report. Option 2: Students will travel to the Florida Keys and stay at
one or more marine laboratory field stations in the Florida Keys over the spring break
period. Students will attend week long field activities, lectures, and wet labs. A
final laboratory report and oral presentation will be completed within two weeks of
returning from the trip. Prior SCUBA certification is encouraged, but not required.
The course can fulfill the life science core laboratory section. Spring, Spring Break.
A recent version of the course syllabus can be found here. This course is expected to run again Spring 2022.