GEO 290 Geology and Marine Ecology of the Bahamas (3 credits)

A semester-long class that includes a 9-day fieldtrip to San Salvador, Bahamas, where students conduct field research and write a research report. Class introduces students to the geology, marine biology, and tropical ecology of San Salvador, Bahamas. Environments, present and past, to be studied by both snorkeling and hiking include: beach, intertidal, coral reef, eolian, and platform interior. Studies include lectures, exercise, and quizzes at OCC and at the Gerace Research Center on San Salvador, Bahamas. Students will conduct field research on a geological, biological, or ecological question with other students, keep a field notebook, and write a research paper when they return to OCC. Prerequisites: Program is open to undergraduate students who have had a college level science course with a laboratory and have permission of the professor. There is an additional course fee that pays for student travel, books, and room and board while in San Salvador, Bahamas.