Biology of Fishes is designed for upper-level undergraduates well versed in biological and chemical principles. The 300-level course builds on the student's knowledge of vertebrate biology in order to explore and appreciate the differences and diversity among fishes. The course combines traditional ichthyology such as systematics, taxonomy, anatomy, and distribution with fish ecology including species interactions, adaptations, behavior, and conservation. It emphasizes the phylogenetic relationships among fishes and the use of systematics as an organizational tool.
The course is taught at the New Engand Aquarium, providing students with the unique opportunity to study living organisms. It also incorporates visits to local museums to view rare preserved specimens collected from remote marine and freshwater habitats around the globe. Prerequisites: 1 year general biology and two upper level biology courses. Offered Spring Semester, annually.