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Marine Biology & Conservation

This course develops both students’ knowledge in marine biology and their ability to observe, analyze, and understand the world around them. It begins with a unit on how to classify species and define their characteristics. It builds on those foundational precepts by covering how species interact with one another and their ecosystems. The course explores how human activity impacts aquatic life. Students will develop a firm understanding of the importance of marine conservation and the impact of aquatic science on human beings. We partnered with leading companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies to design content to educate, engage, and inspire students. The class content includes resources from publishers such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Geographic, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and more. Additionally, this course has been evaluated through a multi-step review process to ensure its quality and effectiveness.

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Course Objectives

Identify how human actions can affect aquatic organisms and ecosystems

Understand the classifications of birds and the way they impact aquatic ecosystems

Define and describe concepts in the science of ocean biology

Classify and describe multiple types of seaweed

Identify the characteristics of ocean invertebrates

Differentiate between types of fish

Explain the relationship between humans and reptiles

Classify and describe the characteristics of ocean mammals

Big Ideas of Marine Biology

This course helps students understand how various species affect aquatic ecosystems and the importance of protecting the health of our oceans. As students develop the ability to categorize various forms of aquatic  life and understand how they interact and depend on one another, they develop an appreciation for the complexity of ecosystems and the severe consequences of disasters, like extinction and pollution. Ultimately, students are able to see the world from the perspective of a marine biologist and deeply understand how human interaction has affected marine habitats.

Student Review

Students are given a simple self-assessment to ensure they retained the knowledge and skills foundational to marine biology. This review allows students to determine whether or not they have sufficiently learned the material on marine biology and conservation.

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