In this science module, students will learn about the extraordinary diversity of coral reefs. We will discuss the organisms that comprise reefs, why reefs are in such jeopardy and why it matters. We will read and discuss appropriate articles and view illustrative videos taken by the instructor, Betsy Sherman, who does research on coral reefs. This course can serve as a prerequisite for the summer Field Course in Coral Reef Science in Grand Cayman. Pass/fail only.