University of Oregon

Summer Term (Summer 2017 Coming Soon)

June 20 – August 12, 2016

OIMB offers a variety of courses during the summer term. In addition to the eight week term, several two week and weekend workshops are available as well. Courses are open to qualified students from all institutions as well as those interested in continuing education. Courses meet for at least seven hours a day and are designed for upper-division biology majors, environmental studies/science majors, and graduate students in these disciplines. The recommended course load for the eight-week session is 12 to 16 credits. All students registering for OIMB courses should fill out an application of admission (see application form link on the right) and, if needed, request room and board by email at

BI 211, 212, and 213 (or equivalent) are prerequisites for the 8 week courses. Seminar, weekend workshops, and the 2-week course do not have prerequisites.

8 Week Courses (June 20 – August 12)

BI 451/551 INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (8 quarter hour credits)
Introduction to the diversity of marine invertebrates. What they look like, how they work, where they live, and their natural history and behavior. Extensive field trips to rocky shores, sandy beaches and estuarine environments and opportunities for exploring live animals in the laboratory. Meets 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Instructor:

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BI 474/574 MARINE ECOLOGY (8 quarter credits)
Marine ecology looks at factors that influence the distribution, abundance, and diversity of marine organisms. The course will be an ecological survey of major marine habitats, structurally or functionally important taxa, and ecological patterns and processes. Examples are drawn from the diverse fauna and flora of the rocky shores, sandy beaches, and estuarine environments in the Coos Bay area and field sampling and experimentation will be a major portion of the course. Meets 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Instructor:

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BI 455/555 MARINE BIRDS AND MAMMALS (6 quarter credits)
The Oregon coast has a diverse marine bird and mammal fauna and this course takes advantage of many opportunities to study the biology of the seabirds, seals, sea lions, and cetaceans of the region. Topics covered include systematics, ecology, social systems, morphology, evolution, and physiology. Extensive field trips including boat cruises offer opportunity to study the animals in their natural environment. Laboratory sessions use museum preparations and dissections of fresh specimens to study anatomical and physiological features. Students undertake group projects on nesting seabirds, and give presentations about marine birds and mammals. Meets 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Instructor:  Doug Warrick
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BI 457/557 BIOLOGY OF FISHES (6 quarter credits)
Lectures, field trips, boat cruises, and laboratory sessions introduce students to the remarkable diversity of fishes. The course includes biology, physiology and ecology of tidepool, estuarine and marine fishes, and emphasizes data collection and analysis through a study of Oregon’s fauna. Meets 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Instructor:

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BI 407/507 MARINE BIOLOGY SEMINAR (1 quarter credit)
Guest speakers report on their research to students and staff. Seminars cover a wide variety of marine topics and provide students with an opportunity to meet marine scientists. Meets 4:00pm Wednesday.

2 Week courses
Courses meet for two consecutive weeks.

August 15 – 19 and August 22 – 26
A course designed for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students that explores the principles of experimental design. The course draws heavily from professional literature discussing appropriate use of statistics in experimental studies including modeling of simple and more complex experiments and evaluation of appropriate analysis techniques. Lectures, practicals, and readings emphasize application of univariate designs in ecological studies. Meets 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Brian Bingham

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Weekend Workshops
Courses meet all day Saturday and Sunday for two consecutive weekends

June 18-19 and June 25-26
 (2 quarter credits)
Shows how to produce accurate drawings of animals and plants suitable for reference, publication, or display. No prior experience is necessary. Techniques include pen and ink, pencil, scratch, and coquille board (sample illustrations). Meets 8:00a.m. -5:00p.m. Instructor: John Megahan
Biological Illustration supply list. 

July 23-24 and July 30-31
BI 408/508 Seaweed Biology (2 quarter credits)
The amazing diversity and adaptations of macroalgae are a focus of this class. Field investigations in the local intertidal and laboratory will introduce the student to algae reproduction, anatomy, diversity, herbivory, and interspecific interactions. Students will conduct a study of their choice, learn microscope techniques to study anatomy, and become familiar with local species and their place in the intertidal ecosystem. Meets 8:00am – 5:00pm. Instructor:
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