Marine Biology & Conservation

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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 then builds on those foundational precepts by covering how species interact with one another and their ecosystems. The course moves on to explore how human activity impacts aquatic life. By taking this biology course, students will develop a firm understanding of the importance of marine conservation and the impact of aquatic science on human lives. In developing the material, 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 it is high-quality and effective.

By the end of this Biology course, class members will be able to:

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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.

The Learning Navigator’s catalog is rich with standard aligned, K-12 content that spans a variety of subjects. Teachers and students can search the free catalog to find, remix and share the content.

This course focuses on the big ideas of Marine Biology, including classification, ocean ecosystems, and the ramifications of human activity.

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.

Assessments are available at the end to review what they learned.

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.