Aquatic and Coastal Sciences Major (B.S.) - Undergraduate (Combined B.S./M.S.) - 2011 University Catalog

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Director: Paul Bologna

Aquatic and Coastal Sciences represent the wide variety of ecosystems that are linked through water. The study of Aquatic and Coastal Sciences encompasses freshwater lakes and streams, estuaries, and coastal marine habitats. These habitats are critical for numerous plants and animals, but they can be compromised by human activities. Students who pursue this major are interested in understanding the relationships among plants, animals and humans and how to protect and restore these valuable ecosystems.

This major is an interdisciplinary program of study emphasizing the four core sciences of biology, geology, chemistry, and physics. This is a combined BS/MS program where students will be engaged in both class work and research, culminating in the development and completion of the Master's Thesis. Students completing this program will be well prepared to enter the work force in research, environmental consulting, education and regulatory agencies (e.g., EPA), as well as in non-profit organizations. Additionally, students will be prepared to undertake further graduate work.

The curriculum was designed for students who have had high school biology, chemistry, and physics, and three years of college preparatory mathematics.

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree (for further information, see General Education Requirements). 


AQUATIC & COASTAL SCIENCES MJR (BS/MS)

Complete 73 semester hours including the following 4 requirement(s):

  1. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

    Complete the following 4 requirement(s) for a total of 29 semester hours:

    1. Complete the following 5 courses for 18 semester hours:

      AQUA 351 Aquatic Biological Processes 4
      AQUA 490 Senior Seminar 3
      BIOL 113 Principles of Biology II 4
      BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology 4
    2. Complete 1 course for 4 semester hours from the following:

    3. Complete 1 course for 4 semester hours from the following:

      AQUA 495 Research in Aquatic and Coastal Sciences 4
      BIOL 418 Biology Independent Research 1-4
      BIOL 484 Research Community I: Ecology 4
      BIOL 485 Research Community II: Ecology 4
    4. Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following:

  2. MAJOR ELECTIVES

    Complete 1 course from the following:

    BIMS 220 Introduction to Marine Biology 4
    BIMS 422 Biology of Marine Plankton 2
    BIMS 431 Marine Invertebrate Zoology 4
    BIMS 433 Seashore Ornithology 2
    BIMS 438 Seashore Entomology 2
    BIMS 450 Marine Botany 4
    BIMS 455 Marsh and Dune Vegetation 2
    BIMS 490 Field Methods in the Marine Sciences 4
    BIOL 230 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
    BIOL 256 Applied Environmental Microbiology 3
    BIOL 380 Genetics 4
    BIOL 418 Biology Independent Research 1-4
    BIOL 460 Biological Oceanography 3
    BIOL 461 Aquatic Ecology 3
    BIOL 467 Biology of the Fishes 4
    CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry II 3
    CHEM 233 Experimental Organic Chemistry II 2
    CHEM 310 Analytical Chemistry 5
    CHEM 325 Atmospheric Chemistry 3
    PHMS 490 Field Methods in the Marine Sciences 4
  3. COLLATERAL REQUIREMENTS

    Complete 4 requirement(s) for 32 semester hours:

    1. CHEMISTRY COLLATERAL

      Complete the following 4 courses:

      CHEM 120 General Chemistry I 4
      CHEM 121 General Chemistry II 4
      CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I 3
      CHEM 232 Experimental Organic Chemistry I 2
    2. PHYSICS COLLATERAL

      Complete one of the following:

      1. Complete 2 courses for 8 semester hours:

        PHYS 191 University Physics I 4
        PHYS 192 University Physics II 4
      2. Complete 2 courses for 8 semester hours:

        PHYS 193 College Physics I 4
        PHYS 194 College Physics II 4
    3. MATHEMATICS COLLATERAL

      Complete one of the following sequences:

      1. Complete the following 2 courses:

        MATH 111 Applied Precalculus 4
        MATH 116 Calculus A 4
      2. Complete the following 2 courses:

        MATH 122 Calculus I 4
        MATH 221 Calculus II 4
    4. STATISTICS COLLATERAL

      Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours:

      STAT 401 Applied Statistics for the Sciences 3
  4. GRADUATE ELECTIVES

    Complete 3 courses for 9 semester hours from the following list. (These courses will also count toward the MS portion of this program):

    AQUA 551 Advanced Aquatic Biological Processes 3
    BIOL 505 Experimental Cell Culture 3
    BIOL 521 Field Studies of Flowering Plants 4
    BIOL 553 Microbial Ecology 4
    BIOL 570 Ecology 3
    BIOL 572 Wetland Ecology 4
    BIOL 573 Shoreline Ecology 4
    PHMS 565 Tidal Marsh Ecology 4

Course Descriptions:

AQUA351: Aquatic Biological Processes

Aquatic Biological Processes is a course that introduces students to the fundamental biological systems associated with marine and fresh water communities and serves as the foundation aquatic biological course for the BS/MS program in Aquatic and Coastal Sciences. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113, CHEM 120, CHEM 121.

AQUA490: Senior Seminar

This seminar is a required course for the curriculum in the BS/MS Coastal and Aquatic Sciences program and fulfills the Graduation Writing Requirement. Students participate in active discussion regarding current research topics in the field and are required to present the result of their research activities or planned research for their Master's Thesis. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Aquatic and Coastal Sciences. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: AQUA 351, AQUA 495, GEOS 252, GEOS 454.

AQUA495: Research in Aquatic and Coastal Sciences

This course is designed to provide students in the Aquatic and Coastal Sciences BS/MS program with a research-oriented internship utilizing one of the Montclair State University's off-campus research facilities including the School of Conservation, Passaic River Institute, or the Sandy Hook Marine Science Consortium facility. () 4 sh.

Prerequisites: AQUA 351, GEOS 252, GEOS 454.

AQUA551: Advanced Aquatic Biological Processes

Advanced Aquatic Biological Processes is a graduate course which builds upon the fundamental biological systems associated with marine and fresh water communities and serves as the culminating core aquatic biological course for the BS/MS program in Aquatic and Coastal Sciences. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: AQUA 351, GEOS 252, GEOS 454 or approval of the Program Director.

BIMS220: Introduction to Marine Biology

A field and laboratory oriented course covering the characteristics of marine plants and animals. The course is designed to provide the student with experience in collecting and identifying local marine flora and fauna. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

BIMS422: Biology of Marine Plankton

A study of the marine phytoplankton and zooplankton, their collection, analysis and interpretation. Their role in the ecosystem will be stressed as will be their distribution, particularly those of the near shore and estaurine environment. Field trips will be made to coastal New Jersey. Offered at the site of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Cross listed with Earth and Environmental Studies, PHMS 422. (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

BIMS431: Marine Invertebrate Zoology

A study of the invertebrates living in the marine realm with emphasis on the interrelations of these animals to their particular environment. Field work will include studies of the pelagic and benthonic forms associated with estuaries and the continental shelf. Also offered at the site of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIMS433: Seashore Ornithology

Field identification of birds of the ocean, salt marsh, sand dunes, and adjacent land areas. Includes discussion of habits and ecology. Offered at NJ Marine Sciences Consortium. (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: BIMS 213.

BIMS438: Seashore Entomology

Ecological studies of the insect fauna found in the unique habitats of the (1) intertidal zone, (2) coastal sand dunes and (3) salt marsh found along the NJ shoreline. (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIMS450: Marine Botany

An introduction to the structure, systematics, physiology and ecology of algae and metaphyta of the marine environment. Emphasis will be placed on the flora of the estuary and tidal marsh. Biology of the associated phytoplankton will be studied. Offered at the site of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Cross listed with Earth and Environmental Studies, PHMS 450. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

BIMS455: Marsh and Dune Vegetation

A field and laboratory study of the plant communities that inhabit the sand dunes and marshes of the coastal zone of New Jersey. The diversity of the forms of plant life and their adaptations and ecological roles. The collection and identification of individual plant species. Also offered at the site of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. (3 hours lab.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIMS490: Field Methods in the Marine Sciences

The application and techniques of marine sampling, including those of biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics. The nature and role of various pieces of sampling equipment. Field experience at the NJ Marine Sciences Consortium. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL113: Principles of Biology II

Principles of Biology II will provide an introductory level study of biodiversity and the origins of life, phylogenetic relationships among organisms, genetics, developmental biology, reproduction, the biology of populations and communities, and ecosystem processes. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Interdisciplinary Core, Scientific Issues. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 100 or a satisfactory score on the Math department's precalculus readiness test.

BIOL213: Introduction to Ecology

Semester-long field oriented course designed as an introduction to the natural world. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and characterizing the variety of habitats in New Jersey through field observations, group and individual projects and specimen collection. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL230: Cell and Molecular Biology

An introduction to the chemistry, structure, and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Topics covered include membrane structure and transport processes, bioenergetics and energy transformations in cells, DNA replication and expression, protein synthesis, and cell movement. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 120 with a grade of "C-" or better.

BIOL256: Applied Environmental Microbiology

Microbiological concepts and techniques applicable to environmental microbiology: water, waste and other environmental problems, health and diseases. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 120.

BIOL380: Genetics

Lecture and lab. Heredity, gene and chromosomal structure and function, gene regulation, mutation and repair, genes in populations, genetic manipulation, and applied genetics are covered. Lab exercises demonstrate genetic concepts. A semester-long project with research paper is required. Required of all biology majors and minors. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Biology, Molecular Biology and Science Informatics. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 with a grade of "C-" or better and CHEM 120.

BIOL418: Biology Independent Research

Under the guidance of a sponsor, students will investigate individual problems of appropriate scope. A written and/or oral report is required. (Offered on demand.) () 1 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Minimum GPA 3.0 and departmental approval.

BIOL460: Biological Oceanography

Biological processes within oceans and estuaries are considered in relation to the physical environment. Field and laboratory work. (Not offered every year.) (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL461: Aquatic Ecology

Biological and physical processes of rivers and lakes. Field work and laboratory. (Not offered every year.) (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 and BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002) or departmental approval.

BIOL467: Biology of the Fishes

Systematics, adaptations, reproduction, evolution, ecology and zoo-geography of major groups of marine fishes. At New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. (Not offered every year.) (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL484: Research Community I: Ecology

Survey of topics and techniques in contemporary ecology research. Exploration and integration of molecular, cellular, physiological, population and ecological phenomena as they relate to biology at the ecological level. Students will prepare and present a scientific research proposal for peer and faculty review. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 and BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002); and BIOL 213, BIOL 230, CHEM 231, and CHEM 232; or departmental approval.

BIOL485: Research Community II: Ecology

Team-based student independent research on topics in contemporary ecology. Students will conduct experimental explorations designed in the prerequisite course, BIOL 484. Students will ultimately prepare and present a scientific research paper for peer and faculty review. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 484.

BIOL505: Experimental Cell Culture

This graduate course will provide theoretical and practical experience working on living cells. Provides understanding, observation, and hands-on experiences in tissue and organ culture techniques, primary cell culturing, cell differentiation, and techniques in toxicity and mutagenicity assays, plant callus and protopast experimentation. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 380, or similar Genetics course with passing grade and a previous Microbiology course or experience.

BIOL521: Field Studies of Flowering Plants

The taxonomy, evolutionary trends and ecological adaptations of the gymnosperms and angiosperms. A variety of habitats will be visited and analyzed. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany and field course in biology.

BIOL553: Microbial Ecology

Exploration of the essential role of microorganisms in the ecosystem. Lecture, field trips and laboratory will demonstrate the ubiquitous and highly adaptive evolution of microorganisms, their interrelationships and their profound influence on the biosphere. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Microbiology.

BIOL570: Ecology

Basic ecological principles and concepts. Habitat approach to field exercises in fresh water and terrestrial ecology. Intra and interspecific relationships with all living members of the ecosystem, problems in plant and animal biology. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany and zoology.

BIOL572: Wetland Ecology

Important biotic, chemical and physical parameters of New Jersey's estuaries. Evolution and successional trends of estuarine communities. Ecology of individual communities studied by field trips to Delaware Bay shore and to some Atlantic coast bays, marshes and offshore barrier islands. Also offered at the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany, and zoology, and field biology.

BIOL573: Shoreline Ecology

Community structure, trophic dynamics, species diversity and distribution of bottom dwelling organisms in relationship to their environment; lectures, laboratory work and field investigations of the marine benthos. Also offered at NJ Marine Sciences Consortium. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Botany, and zoology, and field biology.

CHEM120: General Chemistry I

Introductory lecture and laboratory course for science majors, prerequisite for all advanced chemistry courses. Introduction to atomic and molecular structure, bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, and selected topics in descriptive inorganic chemistry. Laboratory stresses techniques and data treatment and their use in examining chemical systems. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: One year of high school chemistry.

CHEM121: General Chemistry II

Introductory lecture and laboratory course for science majors, prerequisite for all advanced chemistry courses. Introduction to thermochemistry, kinetics; general acid base, precipitation, redox equilibria, electrochemistry and selected topics in descriptive inorganic chemistry. Laboratory stresses techniques and data treatment and their use in examining chemical systems. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 120 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM230: Organic Chemistry I

Structure and bonding in organic compounds: nomenclature, reactions, properties, and aromatic compounds: stereochemistry; structure analysis by IR, NMR, UV, and MS; introduction to molecular orbital theory. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 121 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM231: Organic Chemistry II

Nomenclature, reactions, properties, and synthesis of ethers, epoxides, alcohols, amines, and carbonyl compounds; carbohydrates; amino acids, peptides and proteins; pericyclic reactions; synthetic polymers. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 230 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM232: Experimental Organic Chemistry I

A laboratory course to be taken concurrently with CHEM 230. Basic techniques for the separation, analysis and synthesis of organic compounds: recrystallization, distillation, extraction, GC, HPLC, TLC, GC/MS, IR, H/C13- NMR, chemical safety methods and regulations. (4 hours lab.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 230 is a prerequisite or corequisite.

CHEM233: Experimental Organic Chemistry II

A laboratory course to be taken concurrently with CHEM 231 and after completion of CHEM 232. Basic techniques for organic synthesis, mechanistic studies, separation and analysis, and chemical safety: multistep syntheses, spectral data-base searching, phase-transfer catalysis, anhydrous procedures, analysis of unknowns by wet-chemical and spectral methods. (4 hours lab.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 231 and 232 with a grade of C- or better. CHEM 231 may be taken as a corequisite.

CHEM310: Analytical Chemistry

Introduction to concepts of classical analytical chemistry including evaluation of data and apparatus, theory and application of volumetric and gravimetric methods and redox equilibrium, and introduction to electrical methods. (3 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 5 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 231 and CHEM 232 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM325: Atmospheric Chemistry

Atmospheric chemistry of the major pollutants of concern in today's environment, the emission sources, air/water and air/soil partitioning and exchange, atmospheric transport pathway, transformation processes (biological degradation, hydrolysis, photochemical transformations), deposition processes, pollutant chronic and acute health impacts, prevention and regulation. Course requirements: 2 field trips. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 230 and CHEM 232 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH111: Applied Precalculus

This course covers topics, including trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, rational, and polynomial functions, that are basic to success in the calculus sequence. Includes applications to Biology, Molecular Biology, and other empirical sciences. Uses graphics calculators extensively. May be substituted for MATH 112 (Precalculus Mathematics). (4 hours lecture.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 100 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT) or a satisfactory score on department's Precalculus Readiness Test. (Students who did not satisfy the course prerequisite at MSU and students who received a grade of D-, D, or D+ in the prerequisite course taken at MSU are required to demonstrate competency on the department's Precalculus Readiness Test.)

MATH116: Calculus A

Differentiation and integration of functions, including trigonometric functions. Applications to biology and geoscience. (4 hours lecture.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 111 or MATH 112 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT) or a satisfactory score on department's Calculus Readiness Test. (Students who did not satisfy the course prerequisite at MSU and students who received a grade of D-, D, or D+ in the prerequisite course taken at MSU are required to demonstrate competency on the department's Calculus Rediness Test.)

MATH122: Calculus I

Limits, continuity; derivative and differentiation; applications of the derivative, maxima, minima, and extreme considerations; antiderivatives; Riemann integral. (4 hours lecture.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 111 or MATH 112 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT) or a satisfactory score on department's Calculus Readiness Test. (Students who did not satisfy the course prerequisite at MSU and students who received a grade of D-, D, or D+ in the prerequisite course taken at MSU are required to demonstrate competency on the department's Calculus Readiness Test.)

MATH221: Calculus II

Riemann integral applications, transcendental functions, techniques of integration, improper integrals, L'Hospital's rule, infinite series. (4 hours lecture.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 122.

PHMS490: Field Methods in the Marine Sciences

The application and techniques of marine sampling, including those of biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics. The nature and role of various pieces of sampling equipment. Field experience at the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PHMS565: Tidal Marsh Ecology

Salt marsh development and physiography: community structure, energetics, and interrelationships. The role of salt marshes in estuarine and marine systems. The impact of man on the marsh. Offered at N.J. Marine Sciences Consortium. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PHYS191: University Physics I

This one-semester calculus-based course including laboratory is a study of the principles of physics and some applications to society's problems. Topics covered include mechanics, thermodynamics, fluids, and harmonic motion. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 122 is prerequisite or co-requisite.

PHYS192: University Physics II

Calculus-based course. Study of some principles of physics and some applications to society's problems. Topics include: wave motion, sound and noise pollution, optics, electricity, lasers, nuclear theory, radiation, nuclear reactors, waste disposal. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 221 is prerequisite or corequisite.

PHYS193: College Physics I

This one-semester course including laboratory is a study of the principles and applications of classical physics. Topics covered include mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, wave motion and sound, as well as societal applications of physical principles. Calculus is not used, but familiarity with some algebra and trigonometry is required. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 100.

PHYS194: College Physics II

This one-semester course including laboratory is a study of the principles and applications of classical physics. Topics covered include optics, electricity and magnetism, and an introduction to modern and nuclear physics, as well as societal applications of physical principles. Calculus is not used, but familiarity with some algebra and trigonometry is required. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 193 and MATH 100 or MATH 111 or MATH 112.

STAT401: Applied Statistics for the Sciences

Organizing, displaying, and describing data; designing experiments; methods for drawing conclusions from data; significance testing, confidence intervals, linear regression, analysis of variance, chi-square tests of independence. Examples from disciplines in the natural and physical sciences. Statistical software is used. Not for Mathematics and Computer Science majors. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 111 or Math 112.