Marine Biology and Oceanography

This hands-on course takes a systemic approach to exploring marine ecosystems. Students have the opportunity to investigate questions such as:

  • What are the different parts of ocean ecosystems? How are these elements interconnected? 
  • What drives ocean currents, and how do tides work? 
  • How do humans help marine life through rescue & rehabilitation?
  • What makes ocean life suited for water? —a roll-up-your-sleeves exploration of comparative anatomy via dissections such as squid, mussels, and fish.
  • What are the differences between fish, marine mammals, marine reptiles, and marine birds? What about marine vertebrates vs. invertebrates?h

Student apply their learning about marine biology and oceanography to understand how scientists explore the oceans. They investigate and assess the techniques and tools used to generate information about marine life and systems? They explore important and sometime difficult questions that include:

  • How do scientists detect the signs and signals of human impact and intervention (e.g., toxicology, pollution, etc.)?
  • As scientists and those passionate about our oceans, what questions do we need to ask and answer to help enable marine systems to survive and thrive?

This is a terrific course for students passionate about marine life and who seek to understand the many components that make our oceans work.