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Marine Biology

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This exciting biological sciences course studies life in the sea. The first semester will examine the classification, anatomy, and physiology of major marine organisms, specifically covering simple invertebrates like crabs and mollusks as well as more complex organisms like sea turtles and marine mammals. The second semester will be dedicated to the exploration of marine ecology with particular attention to the marine habitats that support the organisms introduced in the first semester. We will also explore marine plants, sea weeds, and other environmental components — including ocean floor, ocean water chemistry and currents — designed to support the ecological balance in the sea.

Notes and Requirements
Grade Levels*:
10, 11, 12
(* Determined by Date of Birth and declared Grad Year. Enrollment outside these grade levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.)

Lab Work: Lab exercises reinforce the concepts covered in the class and provide a hands-on learning experience with the course content. However, this course does not have sufficient lab work to fulfill the requirements of a high school “lab science”.

Reviews from Students and Parents

“The teacher did a fantastic job. She always made sure everybody understood what she was talking about before moving on. She was always willing to go back and explain if someone was at all confused. I would definitely recommend this course to others.”

Natalie B

“This course is extremely fun. It was incredibly informative and I learned a lot. I learned things I had not known before and I learned new aspects to things I already knew. I have always loved marine life and animals in general but I learned so much more about marine resources, marine life I didn’t know as much about, and performed experiments I hadn’t before. The teacher is the best teacher I have ever had and she is really good at encouraging and answering questions. She is very good at answering questions in and out of class and is just really fun to have as a teacher. She makes things lively and I don’t feel like I am just in a lecture but rather that I am experiencing the ocean at my kitchen counter. It is awesome and I highly recommend it to anyone remotely interested in anything marine.”

Sadie C