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Clownfish in Aquarium

Marine Biology & Oceanography

The Fine Print

Course Goals

Upon completion of the course:

  • Students will have assessed ocean composition and how it interacts with the atmosphere.

  • Students will have identified the various forms of life within the ocean.

  • Students will have distinguished between the various ecosystems that constitute the ocean.

  • Students will have hypothesized solutions to threats to the marine environment.


Course Objectives

Students will:

  • illustrate the role plate tectonics plays in ocean formation and other geological processes

  • measure the impact ocean chemistry has on various organisms and marine processes

  • extrapolate geologic trends from database collections.

  • identify various marine organisms

  • identify through experimentation various processes necessary for marine life survival

  • distinguish between marine ecosystems

  • categorize marine life by ecosystem

  • give examples of resources acquired from the ocean

  • interpret threats to the marine environment

Instructor Demo​

  • ZOOM Demo: Learn more about how Marcy Swisher will be teaching this class.

Course Resources

 Textbook & Resources

Other Resources

  • Required: Custom lab kit $157 | ​ordering information will be provided by the instructor

  • Google account (free) | to access Google Maps and other Google resources

  • Adobe Reader | a free download

  • Common lab supplies | a list of supplies that can be purchased at your grocery store will be provided.


Technical Resources

  • Required:

    • A reliable internet connection

    • A computer with a web-cam

    • A working microphone

    • A free phone/computer scanning app (such as CamScanner and Adobe Scan)

  • Recommended:

    • Earbuds or a headset with a microphone (a built-in computer microphone will work if needed)

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