This 3-credit seminar studies the main coastal and marine ecosystems, the uses and misuses, the protection measures implemented and how interactions of the different civilizations have shaped and “humanized” the Mediterranean environment. We compare the management practices between Europe and the North of Africa by traveling between the two continents and visiting key ecosystems, research facilities, and special interest areas. The seminar schedule, itinerary, and procedures are subject to change without notice.
Integrated throughout the course will be the skill set for earning the PADI Open Water Certification. The diving instruction will combine theory in the classroom setting and dives in the surrounding bodies of water: the Minor Sea and the Marine Reserve of “Islas Hormigas.” During these dives, you will also apply theoretical terms acquired in the classroom.
Enrollment priority goes to biology and related science majors and others with a demonstrated academic need (i.e., this course will fulfill a specified degree requirement).
Requirements: Ability to swim 200 meters without swim aids or 300 meters with aids such as fins, mask, and snorkel, plus the ability to float without assistance of a flotation device for 10 minutes. Students placed in this seminar must submit a medical statement signed by their physician and a liability waiver.
Semesters: Fall, Spring