This course is designed to provide an introduction to the biology of the diverse group of animals known as marine mammals (whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, manatees, sea otters, and polar bears), including evolution, diversity/taxonomy, life history, physiology, ecology, behavior, communication and cognition. Current research, events and policy issues will also be addressed. Hands-on analyses of marine mammal recordings will also be included. Reading and discussion material will be drawn from the professional scientific literature. Two summary/critique papers on journal articles will be required, along with a report on a media account relevant to the themes of the course, and a full-length term paper on a species and research topic of the student's choosing. The final project will be presented to the whole class either orally or in a poster session.