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 Course Title:   Fish Biology, Taxonomy, and Life History

 Title Abbreviation:   FISH BIO/TAXONOMY/HIST

 Department:    ENVC

 Course #:    123

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    030101

 EPC:    165

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Classification, biology, physiology, and evolution of representative North American fish.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the biology of North American fish and their classification.
  2. Understand respiration, circulation, and pressure influences on fish physiology.
  3. Identify juvenile salmonids.
  4. Understand the evolutionary development and progression of the major fish groups.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.

Course Contents

  1. Fish taxonomy and evolution.
  2. Respiration.
  3. Circulation.
  4. Life under pressure.
  5. Report writing.
  6. Major groups of osteichtyes and condrichtrei.
  7. Fish anatomy.
  8. Identification and classification of North American fish:
    • Lamprey family.
    • Sturgeon family.
    • Paddlefish family.
    • Bowfin family.
    • Gar family.
    • Smelt and herring family.
    • Salmon family.
    • Mud Minnow family.
    • Minnow family.
    • Sucker family.
    • Catfish family.
    • Trout and perch families.
    • Top-minnow family.
    • Pike and sea bass family.
    • Surf Perch family.
    • Stickleback family.
    • Sculpin and sunfish family.
    • Perch family.
  9. Salmonids.