Learning Recommendations:

General Description:

  • Laboratory course that meets a science requirement for graduation. 
  • Meets descriptions of lab-based science course for college entrance requirements as outlined by the Washington Student Achievement Council.
  • Uses the McGraw Hill textbook Marine Biology, used in both high school and college courses.

Content:  The content includes, but is not limited to:

  • Chemical, physical and geological aspects of the marine environment
  • Ecology of various sea zones
  • Marine communities
  • Diversity and anatomy of marine organisms
  • Characteristics of major marine ecosystems
  • Exploration of major aquatic groups such as aquatic insects, fish, seabirds, marine mammals, etc
  • The impact of human activity on ecosystems and populations of organisms

Strategies:  Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Lecture/discussion
  • Inquiry-based laboratory work
  • Modeling
  • Dissections
  • Demonstrations (teacher or student-directed)
  • Field trips (at least one per semester)
  • Student project and research
  • Cooperative learning
  • Interdisciplinary applications to solve problems
  • Communication

Homework:  Outside work is required for independent research, completion of projects, and occasional homework assignments.

Course Fee / Materials: goggles