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

 Text and Interactive Program

 Lab Resources and Digital Supplies

  • Google Maps and other Google resources (free; students need Google account)

  • Science supplies:

  • Costs will cover:

    • Hands-on science supplies

    • eMind simulations and tutorials

    • McGraw-Hill digital resources

    • eBook of class text

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


Technical Resources

We use ZOOM for live classes. U.S. and international students need:

  • A reliable internet connection

  • A computer with a web-cam

  • Recommended: a headset with a microphone (a built-in computer microphone will work if needed)

  • Requested: students are asked to keep their webcams on during class.