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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

USEA 106 - Underwater Research Methods Using SCUBA

2 Credit(s) | Lecture | 
Course can be counted for credit once

This course is designed to introduce SCUBA certified students to underwater research methods used primarily in the study of the biology, ecology and the physiology of subtidal organisms. Methods that apply to natural and cultural resource fieldwork are covered in lecture & readings. This course fulfills the american Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) scientific diver training requirements. Students will be trained in conducting Subtidal research with safety as a priority and will include diving emergency management per AAUS requirements under DAN (Divers Alert Network). A variety of current underwater research methods are taught and practiced in both the classroom and with regular underwater field exercises. Topics include: census methods & habitat surveys for subtidal research; sampling design & statistical analysis; underwater photography & video as research tool; diving emergency management including CPR & First Aid, AED use & Oxygen Administration and Diver rescue training; diving physics, physiology, decompression theory, & dive computers; diving safety, planning & logistics, fill station use, and SCUBA cylinder use & care.