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Marine Biology

Dive in and explore biology through marine life, the ocean, and the sea!

Total classes: 13

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: 1 semester of Science

Special Notes: Course materials are provided free except for some household items.


Welcome to the exciting World of Marine Biology! Topics students study include ecological concepts of the sandy beach, rocky shore, and benthic communities, seaweeds, planktonic forms, plankton and their relationship to marine life cycles, nekton, benthos, marine bacteriology, marine biological resources, and marine pollution. And, of course, the creatures!


Week 1: The Ocean Environment Part 1

Week 2: The Ocean Environment Part 2

Week 3: Marine Life Zones

Week 4: Tools Used by Marine Biologists

Week 5: Protozoans and Phytoplankton

Week 6: Zooplankton

Week 7: Worms, More Worms, and Many Mollusks

Week 8: Arthropods

Week 9: Echinoderms

Week 10: Chordates and Fish

Week 11: Marine Reptiles

Week 12: Marine Birds

Week 13: Introduction to Marine Mammals

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Textbook: The Seaside Naturalist ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0671765033 (or at bookfinder.com), optional deeper reading on the Caravel course page, and inexpensive, easy-to-find lab materials.

Homework: Weekly vocabulary, reading, and quizzes. Expect to spend one to two hours each week on homework outside of the classroom. Students are expected to read the assigned chapter or chapters and write their vocabulary words to prepare for the live lecture and then take the computer-graded weekly quizzes.

Important Dates

Class Dates: Wednesdays, September 4 to December 4, 2024. (No class Nov. 27)

Starting Time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 Minutes

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