Academic Catalogs

Marine Science (MRSC)

MRSC A1003 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Oceanography  
Advisory: ENGL A098 or ESL A099.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

An orientation to the marine sciences, including considerations of physical and chemical properties of the sea, the sea-air interface, the biology of the sea, the geology of the ocean basins, the sea as a physical, chemical, biological, and recreational resource and the obligation of mankind to control further contamination of the environment. This course may also be offered online.

MRSC A100H3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Oceanography Honors  
Advisory: ENGL A099 or ESL A099.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

An orientation to the marine sciences, including considerations of physical and chemical properties of the sea, the sea-air interface, the biology of the sea, the geology of the ocean basins, the sea as a physical, chemical, biological, and recreational resource and the obligation of mankind to control further contamination of the environment. This course may also be offered online.

MRSC A100L1 Unit (54 lab hours)  
Oceanography Laboratory  
Prerequisite(s): MRSC A100 or MRSC A100H or concurrent enrollment.
Advisory: ENGL A098 or ESL A099.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

An orientation to marine science research process, techniques, and equipment. Investigations of physical and chemical properties of the sea, the air/sea interface, biological taxonomy, and classification, study of longitude, latitude, other navigational elements, ocean basin geography, and geology study. Evaluation of the sea as a physical, chemical, biological, and recreational resource. Includes at least three class field trips.

MRSC A100M1 Unit (54 lab hours)  
Oceanography Laboratory Honors  
Prerequisite(s): MRSC A100 or MRSC A100H or concurrent enrollment.
Advisory: ENGL A098 or ESL A199.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

An orientation to marine science research process, techniques, equipment, institutions, and training/education centers. Investigations of physical and chemical properties of the sea, conditions of the air/sea/land interface, review of biological taxonomy and classification, study of longitude, latitude, ocean basin geography, and geology. Evaluation of the sea as a physical, chemical, biological, and recreational resource. Analysis of human efforts to control pollution, manage fisheries, and monitor the ocean world. Includes at least 3 class field trips. If student drops from MRSC A100, the student, on their own initiative, must also drop Marine Science A100M.

MRSC A1201 Unit (18 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
Marine Aquarium Science  
Advisory: MRSC A100 or MRSC A100H; ENGL A099 or ESL A099.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Introduces students to the science of Aquariumology and provides experience working in a small public aquarium, under the supervision of the instructor and designated student aquarium managers. Students will learn basics of animal husbandry, disease control, aquarium water chemistry, methods of filtration, feeding, and cleaning.

MRSC A1211 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
Marine Intertidal Ecology  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU

Ecology of the marine intertidal environment of Southern California. This is a field oriented laboratory experience for non-majors. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Same as Ecology A121. Students completing Marine Science A121 may not receive credit for Ecology A121.

MRSC A1241 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
Ecology of the Gray Whale  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Ecology and natural history of the California Gray Whale and the Orange County Whale Watch program. Completion qualifies students as docents on whale watching boats. Field trip required. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Same as Ecology A124. Students completing Marine Science A124 may not receive credit for Ecology A124.

MRSC A1301 Unit (9 lecture hours; 45 lab hours)  
Husbandry of Aquatic Organisms  
Prerequisite(s): MRSC A120.
Advisory: MRSC A180 and MRSC A180L.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course focuses on the husbandry of various aquatic organisms in an aquarium setting. Students will learn how to properly care for a diverse assemblage of freshwater and marine fish, invertebrates, algae, and aquatic plants. Course content will focus on common organisms’ natural history, nutrition, growth, reproduction, transportation, acclimation, disease diagnosis and treatment, and community planning. Students will be required to demonstrate proper aquatic animal husbandry skills, help care for a living collection of organisms, and perform critical evaluations of procedures in the OCC Public Aquarium. Field trips to local aquariums or to collect organisms may be required to demonstrate particular concepts.

MRSC A1401 Unit (9 lecture hours; 45 lab hours)  
Aquarium Life Support Operation and Maintenance  
Prerequisite(s): MRSC A120.
Advisory: MRSC A180 and MRSC A180L.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course focuses on life support operation and maintenance of aquarium water recirculation systems using a diversity of biological, mechanical, and chemical filtration equipment. Students will learn the principal designs, components, standard operating procedures, and preventative and emergency maintenance for an array of aquarium system types. Course content will emphasize the understanding and proper use of various types of life support and water transportation equipment, and how each component functions to disinfect or manipulate water quality and system characteristics. Students will be required to demonstrate proper equipment operation and maintenance protocols, identify appropriate equipment that can be used to treat hypothetical issues, apply their knowledge to help care for a living collection of organisms, and perform critical evaluations of life support procedures in the OCC Aquarium. Field trips to local aquariums may be required to demonstrate particular concepts.

MRSC A1803 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Marine Biology  
Advisory: MRSC A100 or MRSC A100H; and ENGL A098 or ESL A099.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

The life of the world's oceans, including principles of cell biology as it relates to the marine situation, energy flow through living systems, the evolution of marine life, the taxonomy and classification of marine plants and animals, an overview of marine habitats, and their organisms, intertidal zonation, plankton biology, marine mammals, pollution and its relations to marine biology, and discussion of currently applicable topics. This course may also be offered online.

MRSC A180L1 Unit (54 lab hours)  
Marine Biology Lab  
Prerequisite(s): MRSC A180 or concurrent enrollment.
Advisory: ENGL A098 or ESL A099.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

An exploration of the principles of marine biology using, whenever possible, living organisms in natural surroundings. Included will be plankton biology, the taxonomy and habits of common eastern Pacific Ocean marine plants and animals, aspects of intertidal zonation, analysis of fouling communities, and field trips to sea to observe marine birds and mammals.

MRSC A1853 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Coastal Oceanography  
Prerequisite(s): MRSC A100 or MRSC A100H.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Study of the physical, chemical, geological, and biological oceanography of the coastal ocean of southern California and northeast Pacific Ocean. This course may also be taught online. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

MRSC A185L1 Unit (54 lab hours)  
Coastal Oceanography Lab  
Prerequisite(s): MRSC A100; and MRSC A185 or concurrent enrollment.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Scientific laboratory and field investigations of physical, geological, and chemical oceanography related to the Southern California coastal ocean. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. This course may be taught online.

MRSC A1873 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Marine Mammals  
Advisory: ENGL A099 or ESL A099.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Explores the natural history, ecology, population dynamics, evolutionary history, communications, energetics, migrations, intelligence, and conservation of marine mammals – including: whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, walrus, sea cows, sea otters, and polar bears. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

MRSC A1881 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
Marine Mammal Field Studies  
Advisory: MRSC A187.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course offers students the opportunity to survey the ecology, behavior, and life history of various marine mammal groups in a field based setting. In-class meetings will orient students to the specific marine mammal group and the field site that they will explore. The course includes a multi-day field excursion to various locales of ecological interest and may involve camping in primitive wilderness environments. Topics include evolution, human interaction, biology, ecology, life history and conservation of marine mammals. Specific content will vary depending on region and marine mammal life present.

MRSC A1953 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Marine Policy and Conservation  
Advisory: MRSC A100 or A100H.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

The world ocean is a complicated system with many current challenges. Addressing these challenges requires an interdisciplinary knowledge of not only marine science but also how ocean policy is made. Combining knowledge from ocean leaders in science and policy, students will learn about how scientists and researchers work within the policy making framework to address ocean related matters. Students will learn current ocean policy issues to substantiate the complexity of ocean-related decision making at the state, national, and international level. This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of how marine resources are managed and what laws, processes, and groups are involved in ocean conservation.

MRSC A2201 Unit (54 lab hours)  
Practical Experience in Aquarium Science Management 1  
Prerequisite(s): MRSC A120.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course introduces students to the complexity involved in working in, and actively managing a functioning public aquarium as a student aquarium manager. Students will gain hands-on experience planning, designing and maintaining exhibits in the OCC Public Aquarium. They will be responsible for helping to educate and mentor students in the marine aquarium science course and giving tours to visitors. Course content will introduce more advanced aquarium equipment and technology and the student will take an active role in identifying potential issues, evaluating possible solutions, and implementing resolutions based on an understanding of aquarium science. All prospective students will be required to perform a facility safety and proficiency demonstration to enroll in this course.

MRSC A2211 Unit (54 lab hours)  
Practical Experience in Aquarium Science and Management 2  
Prerequisite(s): MRSC A220.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course will expand and develop student skill sets as a student aquarium manager and mentor. Student managers will apply their experience and knowledge of marine aquarium science and take additional responsibility in aquarium planning, maintenance and coordination of the aquarium. Students will learn about a variety of topics ranging from water chemistry to animal husbandry in greater scientific detail and take greater levels of responsibility in actively managing the aquarium facilities.

MRSC A2221 Unit (54 lab hours)  
Practical Experience in Aquarium Science Management 3  
Prerequisite(s): MRSC A221.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course introduces students to the responsibility and understanding involved in being a senior student aquarium manager. Students will take an active role in researching species interactions and husbandry, and focus on identifying potential issues that they must then proactively address. They will also be responsible for not only mentoring aquarium science students, but also newer aquarium managers to help train them proper procedures and techniques based on the best available scientific knowledge.

MRSC A2231 Unit (54 lab hours)  
Practical Experience in Aquarium Science and Management 4  
Prerequisite(s): MRSC A222.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course is the last class in the aquarium science and management series and focuses on preparing aquarium managers to take on leadership roles in off-campus businesses and organizations involved in aquarium science. Students will broaden their understanding of increasingly-complex aquarium science husbandry techniques and will be responsible for helping the course instructor to plan and implement longer-term facility and educational goals. Constructively mentoring junior aquarium managers and the development of leadership and communication skills will be a central focus of this course.