Marine Science introduces students to oceanography through a review of earth science concepts, investigation of physical and chemical ocean systems, and the exploration of marine organisms. Major topics of study include the anatomy and behavior of marine organisms, the ecology of marine habitats, and the role of climate change in both marine and global systems. Students develop a solid knowledge base and understanding of marine ecological systems; integrate that knowledge base into practical applications of science that affect students’ world and futures; and, perhaps most importantly, foster critical thinking skills and a keen understanding of the scientific process necessary to become well-informed and scientifically aware citizens, whether students’ futures directly involve marine science or not. Coursework includes virtual and at-home laboratory exercises; scientific literature analysis; reading and video assignments; and research using online journals and current oceanographic data. This work is largely collaborative as students engage with the teacher and with their classmates on projects and labs. There is a significant emphasis on the application of creativity and innovation in dealing with environmental challenges.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of one year of high school laboratory science or instructor permission
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