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 Course Title:   Pacific Salmon Ecology and Behavior

 Title Abbreviation:   SALMON ECOL & BEHAVIOR

 Department:    ENVC

 Course #:    405

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Examines the ecology and behavior of Pacific salmon, including homeward migration, reproduction, egg and larval behavior, juveniles in streams, and out migration as well as marine migration patterns. Management practices of Pacific salmon sensitive to cultural interests.


Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand how salmon migrate from the ocean to their natal stream.
  2. Understand and quantify the ecological implications of homing and straying.
  3. Contrast the different reproductive strategies that has evolved in different salmon species and stocks.
  4. Understand and quantify the ecology of dead salmon.
  5. Measure and understand the incubation phase of salmon.
  6. Quantify and measure alevin and fry movements in streams.
  7. Measure and understand sockeye ecology in lakes.
  8. Quantify and measure juvenile salmon in streams.
  9. Quantify out migration of juvenile salmon.
  10. Understand the ecological and management consequences of marine migration patterns.
  11. Understand the importance of the cultural values of salmon.
  12. Develop management strategies for a salmon population.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Homeward migration in open ocean, coastal and estuary, and upriver.
  2. Homing and straying.
  3. Mating systems and reproduction.
  4. Ecology of dead salmon.
  5. Incubation and mortality of embryos.
  6. Emergence, alevin, fry movements.
  7. Sockey and trout in lakes.
  8. Juvenile salmon in streams.
  9. Outmigration in streams, estuary, and nearshore.
  10. Marine migration patterns.
  11. Survival, feeding and growth in marine environments.
  12. Evolution, abundance, and diversity of salmon.
  13. Cultural values of Pacific salmon.
  14. Management strategies for salmon populations and stocks.