A basic investigation of the natural and human originated processes that influence ocean life in the intertidal, coral reef, and continental shelf to deep sea habits. Life patterns, adaptations, and interrelationships of organisms from mammals to plankton are addressed. The laboratory includes campus field work and local field trips. Class, three hours; lab, two hours per week, (3 cr. lecture, 1 cr. lab). Must be registered for lecture and lab sections. Prior science study preferred but not required. Satisfies the Science and Technology General Education requirement.