Marine Science: Secrets of the Deep Blue

Why This Class

Is your student fascinated by what goes on in the world’s oceans? Do they love studying sea animals and spending time by the water? If so, you want to nurture their curiosity and see where it might lead. This course takes your student on a deep dive into the beautiful (and still relatively little-known) world of life beneath the waves.

Students in this self-paced course begin by learning about the critical role the ocean plays in Earth’s environment and overall health. From there, they explore the forces that power the tides, study the oceans’ impact on weather patterns, and meet many of the wild and wacky creatures that call the sea home. Students also examine the impact humans have on ocean life and discover current, past and future careers available in marine science.

By completing this course, students expand their awareness of the vast impact of oceans on all life on Earth. They become wiser consumers of the oceans’ resources and clarify their interest in further studying marine science.

Overarching Questions

What goes on beneath the waves?

What influence does the ocean have on my life?

How is humanity affecting oceans and the environment?

How does the ocean play a role in our planet’s health and sustainability?

What careers are available in marine science?

Reading List


Course Details

Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman) – 12th (Senior)

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5

Format: Self-paced

Credits: 0.5

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Please note that program and course descriptions, as well as reading and materials lists, are subject to change as we continuously improve our curriculum throughout the year. Book and materials lists for the upcoming school year are published in SIS mid to late June. Some courses require subscriptions e.g., Adobe software or online magazines that may not be covered by partner schools.