Introduction and Purpose
Marine Science builds on the physical science and life science concepts learned in previous science courses and applies that knowledge to the exploration of the living and nonliving environments of our bays and oceans. The course focuses on various aspects of oceanography: chemistry, plate tectonics, sediments, ocean and atmospheric circulation, waves, tides, and coastal processes. It will also focus on marine biology: plankton, algae, plants, animals, marine ecosystems, and ecology. Students will participate in a variety of learning experiences, including laboratory experiments, discussions, field trips, projects, independent research, and appropriate use of community resources. Ethical and social issues related to the marine environment and anthropogenic-induced climate change will be addressed.