City College of San Francisco will offer a semester course in marine biology for divers and non-divers. The class focuses on the marine life in Northern California with special emphasis on identifying common of plants and animals, learning about their life histories, and understanding the interrelationships between marine life and the environment. Students will also be introduced to methods used in underwater research, data collection and analysis.

The class meets every Tuesday evening, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., August 18— December 15, 2009 at City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., Science Building, Room 311, San Francisco.

There will be four weekend dive trips (11 dives) to various sites including Monterey Bay (September 26-27), Salt Point State Park (October 24-25), Russian Gulch Cove, Mendocino (November 21-22), and Pt. Lobos (December 4). All the dives are optional and not under the jurisdiction of City College.

Students can register online at Register for BIO 32, CRN # 75400, Section 501. Tuition for the three-unit course is $80. There is an additional fee for all divers of $155 for the weekend dive trips.

In addition, an optional Marine Biology Laboratory course, BIO 32L (CRN #75401), may taken concurrently. This course meets Thursday evenings 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The course includes laboratory activities, and non-diving field trips.

For more information, call the instructor, James Grass, Ph.D. at (415) 239-3609. E-mail: