LIT 2020
Introduction to Short Fiction
The course surveys significant short
fiction by representative writers, past
and present, traditional, experimental,
and avant-garde. It includes
interpretation, analysis, historical
development, and cultural context of
the works as well as a 6,000 word writing
Marine Sciences
OCB 1000
Introduction to Marine Biology
Ecology, morphology and taxonomy of
marine fauna with emphasis upon those
organisms which inhabit the shallow
water ecosystems and natural reef
OCE 1001
Introduction to Oceanography
This course is intended for non-science
majors and is an introduction to the
science of oceanography. Topics include
physics and chemistry of seawater,
major ocean basins and features of
the coastline, major ocean circulation
patterns and currents, characteristics
of deep and shallow water waves and
the tides along with interactions of
atmosphere with the oceans.
OCB 1301C
Dolphin Lab
This introduction to the biology of the
dolphin surveys cetacean taxonomy,
anatomy, physiology, pathology,
stranding, capture, health care,
nutrition and training. Students will
reside for a full week at the Dolphin
Research Institute on Grassy Key. Course
requirements center upon a 3,000 word
OCB 1311
Dolph Stud & Field Exp I
This introductory program surveys a
wide range of knowledge, theories and
ongoing research concerning marine
mammals, animal husbandry, operant
conditioning training practices and
related issues, including instruction
specific to the facility and its resident
dolphins. This course offers students
a unique opportunity to gain career
oriented hands-on experience in dolphin
husbandry and training, including diet
preparation; how to feed, reinforce, and
maintain established behaviors all under
the guidance of accomplished animal
trainers. Students will reside at the
Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key.
Course requirements center on active
participation in the course and passing
comprehensive end of course exam.
OCB 2107C
Fld App Mar Sci: Mon Carib Reef
This course will equip students with
the basic skill required to monitor
Caribbean reef fish. The course will
teach students how to identify the most
common Caribbean reef and how to
survey a reef using the REEF method.
The course will provide participants
with Level III REEF Certification. REEF
Fish Identification: Level III is achieved
by passing the Common Fishes Quiz
with 80%, conducting 25 surveys and
engaging in reflective discussions with
the instructor after survey 2, 10, and 25.
Assessment tools will include exams,
data transcription sheets, reflections and
a portfolio. This course will have 2 lecture
contact hours per week (=30 contact
hours per semester) and 2 lab contact
hours per week (=30 contact hours per
OCB 2262C
Fld App Mar Sci: Assm Crl Rf H
This course will equip students with
the basic skills for assessing a coral reef
habitat using the RECON method. The
RECON method is a low-tech, rapid
monitoring protocol for SCUBA divers.
It is considered “low-tech” because the
only equipment needed to conduct
RECON is a special data sheet attached to
a slate with a pencil and 10-meter survey
line. This method is “rapid” because
once you have learned how to correctly
perform a survey; you should be able
to complete a RECON survey during a
40-45 minute dive with a dive buddy.
The RECON Program assesses the health
of certain large (at least 25 cm diameter)
stony coral, identifies their major
stressors and characterizes their habitat.
There are 4 levels of RECON certification:
RECON I diver: This requires 2-3 hours
of classroom time, 2 supervised training
dives and 2 supervised survey dives.
The student must also receive 80% on
the RECON Level 1 Exam. RECON II diver:
Complete 6 surveys conducted with a
RECON-certified dive buddy. RECON III
diver: Complete 10 surveys and receive
80% on Level 2 exam. RECON Instructor:
Complete 10 surveys and complete
RECON Instructor training (includes 2
additional surveys) + receive 90% on
RECON Level 2 exam. For this course all
participants will be expected to achieve
Level III with Instructor status available
for those that meet the requirements.
This course will have 2 lecture contact
hours per week (=30 contact hours per
semester) and 2 lab contact hours per
week (=30 contact hours per semester).
OCB 2313
Dolphin St & Field Exp II
The class delves more deeply into the
fields of behavioral science, animal care
and training. The course allows students
to build on the knowledge they acquired
during the Marine Mammal Care &
Basic Training and begin focusing on
training new behaviors, exploring animal
enrichment and contemplating more
complex issues surrounding marine
mammal care. Students will implement
a training plan they have developed to
train a new behavior to a dolphin. Public
speaking skills will also be developed
as students learn how to present
dolphins and their training experiences
to the public. At the conclusion of the
course, students will showcase the new
behaviors they have trained for Dolphin
Research Center guests in a formal,
narrated presentation. Students will
also explore animal enrichment through
directed activities implemented with
our dolphins and sea lions. Under the
guidance of our staff, students will create
enrichment toys and activities for the
animals and present these activities
and toys to the animals throughout the
week and observe the animals’ reactions.
In order to better understand training
differences between species and the
need for flexibility in advanced training
techniques, students will also apply
their knowledge of training principles
by teaching a new behavior to a canine
Dolphin Lab participant. Each student
will individually develop a training
plan for the behavior to be trained,
participate daily in regularly scheduled
sessions with his/her canine partner, and
demonstrate progress to DRC staff at the
end of the week.
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