University of Oregon

Winter Term

January 9 – March 24, 2017

BI 211, 212, and 213 (or equivalent) are prerequisites for all courses. BI 214 is also required for BI 457/557 Molecular Biology.

BI 390 Animal Behavior (4 quarter hour credits)  How and why animals behave, and how animal behavior is studied. Mechanisms of behavior, behavioral ecology, and sociobiology. Meets Thursdays 8:30am-5:00pm and Fridays 10:00-10:50am. Instructor: Alan Shanks

BI 457/557 Marine Biology: Marine Conservation Biology (5 quarter hour credits) Marine Conservation Biology is the applied science behind the maintenance of biodiversity and the management of marine resources. We will examine prevailing dogma from diverse user groups through close examination of applied conservation case studies. Using readings, seminars, and field trips we will think critically and communicate effectively about the consequences of diversity loss at the levels of ‘stocks’, species, ecosystems, and genetics. We will assess threats to biodiversity (e.g. invasions, diseases, fishing, mineral extraction), and mechanisms for dealing with these risks, with an emphasis on marine reserves. Meets Tuesdays 8:30am-5:00pm and Fridays 9:00-9:50am. Instructor: Aaron Galloway

BI 457/557 Marine Biology: Molecular Marine Biology (5 quarter hour credits) An introduction to applying molecular biology to research using marine organisms. Lectures and readings examine the use of molecular data in taxonomy and systematics, population structure and conservation biology, and morphological and developmental evolution. Lab exercises include analysis and interpretation of existing data sets and the generation of new data using basic methods. Students acquire practical laboratory skills including collection and preservation of material for molecular work, DNA extraction, PCR amplification of suitable target genes, sequence analysis, and building and interpreting phylogenetic trees. BI 214 prerequisite. Course restricted to 12 students. Meets Wednesdays 8:30am-5:00pm and Fridays 11:00-11:50am. Instructor: Svetlana Maslakova

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BI 401 Undergraduate Research (2-10 quarter hour credits) Students conduct a research project under the direction of an OIMB faculty member. Email the person with whom you wish to work to arrange for registration. Limit 8 students.

It is possible to conduct an internship with local agencies (e.g. ODFW, Coos Watershed, the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve) during winter term.  Details need to be arranged before term begins.  For more information see the OIMB Internship page.


All students registering for OIMB courses should fill out an application for admission (see application form link above right) and, if needed, request room and board. Questions can be emailed to