Although the study of sharks generally lags behind studies on bony fishes and many other
animals, our understanding of the biology of sharks and rays has improved tremendously over
the past several decades. Despite much of the interest in sharks stemming from the fact that
they occasionally bite humans, sharks are fascinating animals in many respects. They are
highly specialized inhabitants of the sea and possess a variety of unique characteristics that are integral to their having been around for the past 400 million years. In this course, we will explore the general biology of sharks and rays by examining topics concentrating on their anatomy, physiology and biochemistry with the goal of understanding how exquisitely adapted these
animals are to their environment.
Gain a well-rounded understanding of the general biology of sharks and rays, with a focus on anatomy, physiology and biochemistry.
Gain knowledge of the diversity of physiological, biochemical and anatomical features that are found among sharks and rays, and that have enabled them to persist for millions of years.
Be better prepared for careers in marine ecology, zoology, ichthyology, and fisheries management.
The Mission of the Oceanographic Center is to carry out innovative, basic and applied research and to provide high-quality graduate and undergraduate education in a broad range of marine science and related disciplines.