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Marine Science Honors

Subject: Science

Course Description:

As our amazing planet continues to change over time, it becomes increasingly more apparent how human activity has made environmental impacts. In the marine science course, you will delve deep into Earth’s bodies of water and study geologic structures and how they impact the oceans. You will investigate characteristics of various populations, patterns of distribution of life in our aquatic systems and ongoing changes occurring everyday in our precious ecosystems.

You will be amazed and enlightened at just how much our oceans and lakes affect climate, weather, and seasonal variations. You will have the opportunity to explore the relationships among living organisms and see how they are affected by our oceans currents, tides, and waves. Hold on, it is one amazing journey.

Major Topics:

Segment 1:

  • Scientific Method
  • Writing a Hypothesis Designing an Experiment Properties of Water Science of Navigation Ocean Exploration Rocky Shore Ecosystem Introduction to Crustaceans Ocean Zones Sea Turtles (rehabilitation and migration) Shrimp Industry Sandy Beach Ecosystem Beach Erosion Control Marine Pollution Introduction to Marine Phytoplankton Organism Adaptations Energy and Food Webs Human Impact of the Marine Environment

Segment 2:

  • Characteristics of Ocean Surface Currents
  • El Niño Southern Oscillation Phenomenon Hurricane Penguins and a study of their insulating properties Antarctic (Research and Ecology) Coral Reefs History of the Aqualung Exploring the Classes of Mollusks Importance and characteristics of Estuaries Mangrove Ecosystem Nutrients in the Marine Environment Exploring the Ocean’s Abyss Causes of Waves and Tides Plate Tectonics Exploring the Classes of Fish Marine Mammal Characteristics and Adaptations Exploration of Kelp and its Importance Keystone Species The Destructive Practices in the Fishing Industry Human Impact of the Marine Environment

Participation Requirements:

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, INVS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, essays, labs, oral assessments, and discussions. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

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Course Details

  • Course Code: 2002500
  • Course Credits: 2.0

Biology I

Estimated Completion:
2 segments / 32-36 weeks