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SCZ6020T: Marine Biology (2014-2015)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Virtual School Program
COURSE TITLE: Marine Biology
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015

Major Concepts/Content:

Marine Biology is designed to be an elective course for students with a career or special interest and high motivation for an in-depth study of marine biology. Marine Biology focuses on to the identification, classification and interaction of marine organisms. Information is presented in an integrated approach with science as inquiry, science & technology, science & social perspectives, and the history & nature of science.

The course integrates unifying science concepts and processes of systems, order & organization, evidence, models & explanation, change, consistency & equilibrium, and form & function. Scientific inquiry and understanding about inquiry are emphasized through practical implications and meaningful applications. 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. Additional special topics may be selected for study.

DoDEA Marine Biology Standards

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of Marine Biology, students should be able to:

  • Engage in full and partial scientific inquiries to design, conduct, and communicate scientific investigations to explore ideas about the natural world.
  • Use scientific inquiry to design and conduct scientific investigations to meet a human need, make a decision, solve a human problem, or develop a product.
  • Recognize and describe the interrelationship between science and technology.
  • Apply the tools of technology (e.g., computers) in scientific endeavors.
  • Identify qualities inherent in scientific behavior (e.g., reasoning, insight, energy, skill, and creativity).
  • Discuss contributions of men and women of various social and ethnic backgrounds to science and technology.
  • Apply science concepts to make decisions (weighing risks and benefits) about students’ personal health and well-being.
  • Describe how information is acquired through observations and measurements of marine phenomena.
  • Demonstrate a manifestation of the critical thinking skills by examining marine biological-oriented problems.
  • Describe the structure, function, and behavior of representative marine life forms.
  • Describe interactions between physical and biological factors occurring in various marine environments.
  • Identify and describe major energy transformations in the marine environment.
  • Identify and analyze current issues in marine science and technology.
  • Describe the impact of current marine-oriented issues on human and other populations.

Course Outline:

  • Module One: Introduction to Marine Biology
  • Module Two: Chemical and Physical Characteristics of the Oceans
  • Module Three: Marine Invertebrates
  • Module Four: More Marine Invertebrates
  • Module Five: Arthropods
  • Module Six: Phylum Echinoderms
  • Module Seven: Chordates

Essential Software:


There is no textbook required for this course. All of the instructional content is available online within the course.

DoDEA adopted textbook can be used as a resource.