Marine Science 1

Credits: 1
Estimated Completion Time: 2 segments / 32-36 weeks
Earliest Start Date: October 2018


Biology 1 recommended


Since the beginning of time, humans have relied on the ocean. But as our planet continues to change over time, human activity has impacted the environment. In the marine science course, students will explore the watery depths of our own planet and understand just how vital the ocean is to our existence.

Throughout the course, students will meet marine animals and see how they interact with each other and their environment. They will tour the evolving seafloor and see trenches, volcanoes, and ridges, just to name a few. Along the way, students will hang ten as they discover waves, currents, tides, and other physical interactions between the ocean and the land. Finally, students will study the impacts of chemical processes on our blue planet and how they affect the water, the atmosphere, and even our climate. With a focus on conservation, this course will show students that the ocean connects us all, across distance and even time. Hang on—it’s going to be an amazing journey.

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Regular course description:

Honors course description:

Major Topics and Concepts


  • Introduction to Marine Science
  • Ocean Exploration
  • Ocean Zones
  • Properties of Water
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Ocean Formation
  • Ocean’s Impact on Weather
  • Ocean’s Impact on Climate
  • Air and Sea Interactions
  • Seasonal Changes
  • Ocean’s Systems
  • Waves
  • Tides and Currents
  • Coastal Dynamics


  • Marine Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem Health
  • Marine Populations
  • Adaptations
  • Marine Habitats
  • Marine EcosystemsFood Webs and Energy Transfer
  • Marine Relationships
  • Human Impact on Marine Life
  • Biotechnology
  • Pollution
  • Conservation
  • Research and Resources
  • Future of an Ocean Planet

Required Materials

Household items for lab experiments

Course Grading

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, oral assessments, and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student’s overall grade.***

***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When taking the exam to assess a student’s integrity, the exam must be passed with at least a 59.5% in order to earn credit for the course.

Communication Policy

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers; the minimum requirement is monthly. When teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

November 7 @ 00:15
00:15 — 01:15 (1h)


Burke Smejkal, Cheri Bullock, Jen Seretan, Laura Saxe-O’Brien, Mollie Kottek