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LIFE SCIENCE

Sharks and Rays

Ecology, Classification and Evolution

several sharks swimming among some reefs

How are sharks and rays related? How do these predators hunt and reproduce? And why is shark conservation essential?

Sharks may be one of the most readily recognized fishes, but did you know that rays are a close relative? Authored by world-class experts, this six-week online course investigates sharks’ adaptations for survival, how they operate as top predators, how we study them, and why shark conservation is critical. You will study their complex sensory systems—perhaps the most advanced of all vertebrates—through the fossil record, museum collections, and current research on these fascinating fishes.

This course begins Jan 30

Spring 1 Session

Jan 30 - Mar 12, 2017
Registration deadline: Jan 16
Register by Jan 2 to save $50.

COURSE COST

$495 per course
$25 one-time registration fee

GRAD CREDIT

This course is approved for graduate credit from these institutions at an additional cost. Select an institution below for full details on cost, enrollment and more:

Sharks may be one of the most readily recognized fishes, but did you know that rays are a close relative? Authored by world-class experts, this six-week online course investigates sharks’ adaptations for survival, how they operate as top predators, how we study them, and why shark conservation is critical. You will study their complex sensory systems—perhaps the most advanced of all vertebrates—through the fossil record, museum collections, and current research on these fascinating fishes.

Course Format

This online course is asynchronous, giving you the flexibility to complete weekly activities at your own pace. Essays, written by our authoring scientists, are supplemented by case studies, textbook readings, videos, interactive simulations, image galleries, and more. These resources provide the foundation for assignments as well as online discussions where you will exchange questions and ideas with course faculty and other learners. The course culminates in a final project, which is your opportunity to create activities that you can use with your students.

Underneath a manta ray in the ocean

Connecting to Your Classroom

This course includes a variety of resources that can be adapted for use in your classroom. Participants frequently use course activities as a central component of their final project. For example, in this course you will use an online tool to compare the physical and behavioral adaptations of the catshark and the freshwater stingray. 

Recent Course Faculty

This course is co-taught by an experienced classroom teacher and a working scientist. With low faculty to student ratios, this powerful combination of scientific expertise and classroom application creates opportunities for discussions about the course content and how it can be taught.

This course begins Jan 30

Spring 1 Session

Jan 30 - Mar 12, 2017
Registration deadline: Jan 16
Register by Jan 2 to save $50.

COURSE COST

$495 per course
$25 one-time registration fee

GRAD CREDIT

This course is approved for graduate credit from these institutions at an additional cost. Select an institution below for full details on cost, enrollment and more:

Being new to online courses I felt that everything was laid out very well, the course was easy to use and understand. I liked how there was both the instructor and the scientist to give viewpoints.

— MUSEUM EDUCATOR

The activities fostered a lot of intense research, so by the end of the week you felt like an amateur expert on that particular subject.

— MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHER

The scientists involved were so knowledgeable and the feedback was so personal ... when I gave a response, each of the scientists who were involved responded exactly to what I said.

— BIOLOGY AND FORENSICS TEACHER