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Marine Biology

Course Catalog ID:
4065
Subject Categories:
Science
Description

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 the ocean floor, ocean water chemistry, and currents — designed to support the ecological balance in the sea.

Prerequisites
Grade Levels*:
10, 11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
Notes and Conditions

Lab Activities: 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."

“Marine Biology has been by far one of the most enjoyable classes in my past 7 years at TPS. The teacher has a comprehensive knowledge of the marine world and everything that lives in it and an even greater passion for sharing her knowledge with others. Each time, she shows up to class with an enthusiastic spirit and never loses touch of this. In addition to her knowledge and communication skills, she is very caring and considerate of her students. Every time a student has something they want to add to her lesson or recount an experience they had with a marine organism/habitat, she is very inclusive of that student and encourages them. I have absolutely zero complaints… what a wonderful find TPS!”

Daniel M
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Student

“This course effectively taught me how the science I learned in regular Biology class applied to marine life and ecosystems. We covered topics that cause debate and frustration at all levels of society, like global warming, pollution, land management, etc. I am really happy with how the teacher handled these topics. She presented everything in a way that allowed for questions and helped us examine the different opinions without prejudice. The content was challenging, but after taking a biology class I didn’t find it to be too dificult.”

Madison C
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Student

“This course is essential for those who are interested in marine life and the situation surrounding our oceans today. The teacher has been amazing! Her knowledge of Marine Biology is extensive and she encourages us to ask out-of-the-box questions. This course has deepened my knowledge of not just ocean organisms, but of the intricate networks that connect the biomes on Earth.”

Victoria F
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Student

“It was so wonderful to study the ocean and its inhabitants that call it their home — it was also exciting to be able to study something not many high school students have the opportunity to learn about, especially a realm of science so targeted to the learner’s interest. The course was well laid out and thought through, had excellent labs and explorations, and covered a range of fascinating content while maintaining a manageable workload.”

Aspen F
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Student

“I really enjoyed this class! The teacher was super sweet and nice, and she made the class really interesting! I loved getting to learn about all the cool ocean life, which made this probably the most fun science class I have taken in HS. It was challenging enough to keep me interested but it wasn’t a crazy workload, so it was very enjoyable.”

Jubilee B
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Student

“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
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Student

“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
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Student
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