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This course is designed to take high school students and give them an appreciation and understanding of marine biology. Students will learn about the diverse groups of marine organisms, variety of ecosystems and habitats, and current events in today’s oceans such as overfishing, ocean acidification, restoration and protected areas. Through lecture, readings, projects, field trips and discussions students will learn about the diversity of ocean environments and how the creatures who live there are adapted to best survive. Students will learn theories pertinent to ecology as a whole as well as the specifics to the ocean. Students will also have the opportunity to explore areas that interest them, to become experts on a topic and teach each other.

Course Number: SIO-X3
Credit: 4.00 unit(s)